LSU police officers on Friday identified a "person of interest," as well as a vehicle allegedly linked to the reported abduction Wednesday night of an LSU student from sorority row on the university's campus.
A university spokesman said that the investigation into the incident — which was first reported to Baton Rouge city police around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday — remains ongoing but they hope for a resolution soon.
The person of interest was being questioned by LSU police Friday afternoon, said Ernie Ballard, the spokesman.
East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies assisted campus police in detaining someone in connection with the incident in the Gardere area.
WBRZ-TV reported that two men were detained at a home on General Adams Avenue around noon, and a WBRZ reporter noted a vehicle parked at the home matched the description of a car LSU police said was connected to the case.
Campus police distributed a flyer with photos of a dark-colored car connected to the alleged abduction to area law enforcement agencies. The flyer, which was not released to the media, said a man driving the car parked it on campus before abducting a student and forcing her into her own vehicle.
On Wednesday night, around 11:58 p.m., LSU sent out an emergency text message to students that described the perpetrator of the reported abduction as an armed man with dreadlocks wearing a black shirt and pants. It indicated the victim was safe.
Baton Rouge police officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Government Street around 9:30 p.m. that night "relative to a stolen vehicle and possible rape," a BRPD police spokesman told The Advocate on Thursday. The case was quickly turned over to LSU police after officers determined the crime happened on campus.
A clerk at the One Stop convenience store at 1701 Government said that a visibly upset woman entered the store around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Alhassan Murgen, 19, said when the woman walked in, almost everyone immediately realized she was scared, shaking from fear.
The security footage from the store shows a customer, who had been waiting by the entrance, ushering the woman away from the door, further back into the store.
Murgen said he brought the woman back behind the plexi-glass wall where a door can be shut to separate the employees from customers. Murgen said she used his phone to call 911 and call her mother.
"We gotta help her," Murgen said. "She was scared… That's what we're supposed to do."
The woman said a man had dropped her off there, but that he soon drove off, Murgen said. The woman said that man had put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her, Murgen said.
The woman's mother showed up before police officers arrived, who came about 25 minutes from when they first called, Murgen said.