Suspect behind string of Uptown N.O. home invasions caught in act, arrested
NEW ORLEANS - A man believed to be behind a series of home invasions in which women were the targeted victims in Uptown New Orleans near Tulane University has been arrested.
22-year-old Oliver Jerde was taken into custody by New Orleans Police as he was caught in the act of breaking into yet another home in the 800 block of Pine.
Police said they responded to a report of a suspicious person at around 3:30 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene, police found Jerde inside a home, and said he was removing items. The man was arrested without incident, according to NOPD.
After they obtained a search warrant for Jerde’s home, police found several items reported stolen during other home burglaries.
Jerde was booked on charges related to three home invasions: Jan. 17 in the 1000 block of Lowerline, Jan. 17 in the 1200 block of Lowerline and Jan. 21 in the 800 block of Pine.
During the first Jan. 17 incident, a woman was awoken when a glass pane on her front door shattered between 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. A man entered her bedroom, causing her to scream and prompting the man to flee, according to WWL-TV. NOPD said there were four young women in the apartment when the man entered.
Around an hour later and only two blocks away in the 1000 block of Lowerline, a female Tulane student told authorities she woke up after she heard a noise coming from her living room. When she walked into the room, she saw a man rummaging through the items in her apartment. When he saw her, the woman said the man fled her apartment.
Police have yet to book Jerde with a third home invasion that happened on Jan. 17 just a few blocks away from the two similar incidents on Lowerline at around the same time. In that case, a woman awoke to find a man in her apartment in the 1100 block of Broadway Street. She reported she screamed, causing the man to flee, but not before the suspect got into bed with the victim.
The investigation into the home invasions is ongoing, and detectives are currently trying to connect Jerde to similar crimes in the area.