Tulane student accused in Uptown home invasions released to mental-health facility _lowres

Oliver Jerde

A Tulane University philosophy student jailed in a series of Uptown home invasions posted $150,000 bail and was released Tuesday under the condition he be treated indefinitely at a suburban hospital for addiction and mental illness.

Criminal District Court Magistrate Commissioner Jonathan Friedman ordered that Oliver Jerde, 22, wear an ankle monitor and be treated at River Oaks Hospital in Jefferson Parish pending future proceedings.

At an unannounced hearing Monday night, Friedman also directed Jerde, a Los Angeles native, to surrender his passport and to remain in Louisiana.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office did not oppose Jerde’s release.

Jerde, who has been booked on four counts of burglary and accused of breaking into several women’s houses near the Tulane campus, had not been scheduled to appear in court again until Thursday.

“Any changes in hospitalization (are) to be approved by this court,” Friedman ruled, according to online court records. Jerde was released from the jail at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Several sources familiar with the case said Jerde had been sent to a different hospital this week even before he posted bail after making unspecified claims to jail officials.

“The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations raised by inmate Oliver Jerde,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. “Due to our active investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”

Jerde’s defense attorney, J.C. Lawrence, declined to comment.

Among other crimes, Jerde is accused of entering the bedroom of a 46-year-old woman in the 1000 block of Lowerline Street and placing his hand over her mouth before fleeing. About an hour later, police have said, he entered the house of a 21-year-old woman in the 1200 block of Lowerline and grabbed a knife after being confronted.

Police also are investigating whether Jerde is linked to three recent rapes reported near the university. Detectives have obtained a warrant for Jerde’s DNA, seeking to compare it with evidence from two rapes and a sexual battery that occurred in the same area about the time of the home invasions.

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