No evidence found in arrest of Parkview Baptist student accused of rape
BATON ROUGE- An Orleans Parish magistrate commissioner has found that police did not have enough evidence to support the arrest of a former Parkview Baptist High School student who had been accused of a rape in New Orleans.
Pryce Fletcher, 19, was arrested in April on one count of simple rape that reportedly occurred in December.
The victim in the incident reported to law enforcement that she was in New Orleans in December to attend her high school football team's game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The victim said she and her friends decided to go out on Bourbon Street after drinking alcohol in their hotel room. She said she was drunk by the time the group left to go out.
Police said the victim recalled Fletcher approaching her on the street, but she did not remember what happened from then until she woke up to find Fletcher standing by the door in a hotel room.
After Fletcher told her to leave, she said she went to the hotel lobby to meet her friends who had been looking for her. She reported that Fletcher sent her a Snapchat message to tell her she had left her jacket in his room.
When she went to collect her things, she asked if they had sex. He said they did and that she shouldn't tell anyone about it, according to police records. The victim said she was afraid to report what happened.
Investigators got a search warrant for Fletcher's DNA. It matched evidence found on the victim's clothing, police records show.
Magistrate Commissioner Robert Blackburn ruled no probable cause or evidence for the arrest.
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