The New Orleans Police Department has obtained a warrant for the arrest of a man on a count of first-degree rape a week after a woman came forward to publicly accuse him in the media.
Police said they are looking for William Brayman, 34. His accuser, Kristen Crain, had detailed her efforts to have Brayman arrested in a lengthy story published on Nola.com last week.
Crain expressed frustration that Brayman had remained at large for months despite her accusations that he held her captive and raped her after the two met at an Irish Channel bar. She said the rape happened inside a residence in the 2500 block of Magazine Street about 4 a.m. Oct. 9.
Crain's allegations attracted widespread attention from other women after she shared them as a warning about Brayman on Facebook.
She said Thursday that she believes police acted now because of the attention the Nola.com article generated.
Police had said last week that they were waiting on the results of a DNA examination to decide whether to obtain a warrant for Brayman's arrest. But Crain said they had acted now without obtaining those results as a result of the article.
"I think the media attention helped them see the flaws in the system the way it was," she said.
The Advocate does not generally identify victims of sexual assault, but Crain said she was comfortable with being named.
Crain asked anyone who knows where Brayman is to contact Crimestoppers at 504-837-8477. Police said anyone with information can also call Detective Jounay Thomas-Ross of the Sex Crimes Division at (504) 658-5523.
Staff writer Ramon Antonio Vargas contributed to this report.