A homeless woman was able to identify the man who raped her in Louis Armstrong Park in part because of a distinctive tattoo on his forehead, New Orleans police said.
Jason Wiley, a 28-year-old construction worker, was already facing a count of illegal possession of a stolen auto when he was rebooked Friday on first-degree rape. A judge set his bail at $60,000.
The woman told police she fell asleep on a bench in the Treme park about 9 p.m. March 12. She said she awoke sometime later to find a man she knew from the park unbuttoning her pants. The man then slammed her head against the bench, leaving her unconscious, according to her statement.
According to the warrant for Wiley’s arrest, “The victim advised that when she woke up a few hours later, she was unable to move initially. She stated that her body was in a tremendous amount of pain.”
The woman told a detective that she failed to report the rape at first because of “embarrassment.” But she wrote a poem about the experience, which police later confirmed was time-stamped March 13, the day after the incident.
Eventually, the woman became determined to find her assailant, according to the warrant, which says she used Facebook to track him down, looking for what appears to be a cross tattooed between his eyes.
The warrant, which was obtained April 18, does not make clear when the woman first went to police.
The woman identified Wiley as her assailant from a photo lineup, according to the warrant.
Wiley has convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007, solicitation of a crime against nature in 2008, cocaine possession in 2009, marijuana possession and resisting an officer in October, and domestic abuse battery in January.
He was arrested March 14 and booked on illegal possession of a stolen automobile. That case is pending.