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BRPD: DNA clears suspect of attack

3 years ago December 08, 2011 Dec 8, 2011 Thursday, December 08 2011 Thursday, December 08, 2011 5:13:37 PM CST in News
Source: WRBZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE - DNA evidence linked Allan Hernandez to a rape on Stanford, but it cleared him of an attempted rape on Lee Drive, according to Baton Rouge Police.

Detectives thought Hernandez may have been responsible for both attacks because they happened in a similar manner: a man walked up to a woman in the middle of the night, asked to use a phone, then attacked.  Detectives also said the description from both victims was similar: a Hispanic male in his 20s with a medium build and short dark hair who spoke broken English.

But DNA showed Hernandez, who was arrested for the rape on Stanford, is not the man police are looking for in connection with the Lee Drive attack.

"It's a scary situation, because where is he?" one woman told News 2.

Even scarier for some is that the same sketch used to find Hernandez is still being used, this time to catch the other suspect.

"It's a little weird," Salon owner Jesnesha Mosley said.  "It makes you wonder how long this is gonna take."

Baton Rouge Police Spokesperson L'Jean McKneely said police are still using the same sketch because the description sketch artists got from both victims was so similar.

"If we get additional information and the victim says 'I've had time to reflect,'... we will put that information out," McKneely said.

McKneely added that police plan to show a photo lineup to the victim in the Lee Drive attack.  He said another sketch may be forthcoming, but did not say when.

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