Even as a Tulane University medical student clung to his life in the hospital and ghastly video of his shooting played and replayed on local and national TV news, police allege, Euric Cain’s frantic crime spree had only just begun.
Cain, 21, was booked two weeks ago on a count of attempted murder in the shooting of Peter Gold in the stomach as the student tried to intervene in an apparent abduction and armed robbery early Nov. 20 at Magazine and St. Mary streets.
On Wednesday, police said that 23 hours later, Cain carjacked a couple near Louis Armstrong Park and then raped them in an abandoned building a few miles away.
Police said DNA evidence, as well as surveillance video of Cain using one of the rape victims’ credit cards, conclusively link him to the later crimes.
After the new allegations, his total bail now stands at more than $7 million.
Special Victims Detective Keisha Ferdinand wrote in a warrant that the process of linking Cain to the rape case began shortly after U.S. marshals and 6th District cops arrested him on the morning of Nov. 23 for the Gold shooting. At that point, she said, detectives were able to determine that Cain was in possession of a 2013 Ford Focus that had been reported stolen.
The couple who had reported the car stolen recounted a horrifying story to the police. They said it started when they were entering their vehicle parked near St. Philip and Henriette DeLille streets, on the downriver edge of Louis Armstrong Park in Treme, about 3 a.m. Nov. 21.
The victims said a man entered the back of their vehicle and placed a handgun to their heads.
At first, it seemed like just an armed robbery: The man demanded their money and credit cards.
But then, the victims said, he forced the woman to drive the car onto Interstate 10 and get off at the Louisa Street exit. The carjacker then directed the woman to drive to an abandoned school near Abundance and Press streets, near the old Desire housing development.
The gunman then raped the woman and forced the man to perform oral sex, according to the warrant.
Police said the gunman then took off in the car, but not before giving the victims a warning: If they told the police, he would kill them.
The victims were able to escape to a nearby store and notify authorities.
Ferdinand said the break in the case came when the car was discovered to be in Cain’s possession. She also was able to observe video surveillance of Cain leaving the stolen car and entering a store to use the male victim’s credit card, she said.
Cain’s DNA also matched a sample collected from the female victim of the sexual assault.
Cain pleaded not guilty Tuesday to shooting Gold.
He was rebooked Wednesday on two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of carjacking.
His body appeared to shake as he made his first court appearance on the latest counts.