BRPD: Hernandez still "potential suspect" in attack

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Posted: Dec 14, 2011 4:22 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Dec 14, 2011 4:22 PM
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department

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BATON ROUGE - Police said today that a man arrested for rape in Baton Rouge had not been ruled out from a second attack, as they had previously reported.

Sgt. Don Kelly said "inaccurate information" was released that 18-year-old Allan Hernandez, who was arrested in suspicion of a rape on Stanford Avenue, was cleared through DNA evidence of an attempted rape on Lee Drive.

Kelly said Hernandez remains in jail for the rape arrest and "there is insufficient evidence at this time... to either link Hernandez to that crime [Lee Drive] or to clear him."

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely told News 2 in an interview on Dec. 8 that DNA had ruled Hernandez out as a suspect in the Lee Drive attack. Kelly said today the statement was due to a miscommunication between an investigator and a spokesperson with his office.

Investigators later used DNA to connect Hernandez to the Stanford Ave. rape, according to Kelly.

Police previously issued a warning to people living in the area after the attacks, saying the suspects in both had very similar descriptions. Both victims were also brought in to help compile a sketch of the suspect.

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