New Orleans rape suspect arrested _lowres


A man suspected of raping a 33-year-woman at knifepoint was arrested Saturday night, the New Orleans Police said Sunday.

Terry Sippio, 55, was arrested in St. John the Baptist Parish, New Orleans Police said in a news release about 11 a.m. Sunday.

New Orleans Police asked the public for helping finding Sippio, but the one-line release does not say if anyone answered that call for help.

Sippio, who has residences in both Uptown New Orleans and Laplace, was wanted in the rape of a woman early Saturday.

The woman told police that she was at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway about 6 a.m. Saturday when a man offered her a ride.

After the woman got into the car, the man drove to Toulouse Street and South Jefferson Davis Parkway, where he sexually assaulted her at knifepoint, the release says.

The victim ran from the car and hid until the man left. However, she got the man’s license plate number and flagged a police officer who was passing nearby.

“During the course of the investigation, detectives positively identified Sippio as the person responsible for the sexual assault,” police said in an earlier release.

Police got an arrest warrant for Sippio on a count of aggravated rape.