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Police arrest man who allegedly kidnapped, raped woman off Denham Springs highway

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DENHAM SPRINGS - Police made an arrest in an unsolved rape case from October 2022, after they tied the crime to a man already jailed in a separate rape investigation.  

According to the Denham Springs Police Department, officers got a call on Dec. 9 from the victim, saying she was kidnapped while walking on U.S. 190 toward Pete's Highway. 

The victim told police the suspect, later identified as Devin Brazile, walked her to a wooded area, possibly near Gray's Creek or Pete's Highway, with a mattress on the ground where he allegedly raped her. Police were able to collect DNA samples that led to Brazile's arrest on Dec. 26. 

Brazile was arrested for attempted second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, and second-degree battery. 

After Brazile was in custody, police used DNA from another crime scene to connect him to a home invasion and rape investigation that happened on Foster Street in October 2022. He received additional charges including home invasion, first-degree rape, and simple criminal damage to property, on top of the charges he was already facing for the December incident. 

He is currently being held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center.

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