Loyola student booked in kidnapping of Tulane student _lowres

Julian Correa

A Loyola University student has been arrested on suspicion that he briefly kidnapped a Tulane University student at knifepoint and then fondled her last month.

Police on Saturday booked Julian Correa, 20, on a count of simple battery and a count of second-degree kidnapping.

The incident happened about 3 a.m. Oct. 11 in the 7600 block of Oak Street.

The 20-year-old victim was walking in the area when she noticed a man was following her, police said.

The man walked past the woman and tried to open the door of a car parked nearby.

As the woman neared the car, the man pulled out a knife and put it to her neck. He forced her to walk to the 1100 block of Lowerline Street, where he began to fondle and grope her, police said.

The victim saw two other men walking in the area and was able to run to them after she began to scream, police said.

The man who had grabbed her then ran away.

Detectives were able to identify Correa as a suspect using surveillance footage from the area, police said. Someone who knows Correa told Tulane police that he was the man seen in the video, according to an application for an arrest warrant for Correa.

Police executed a search warrant at Correa’s apartment in the 8200 block of Nelson Street, and he agreed to speak with detectives, according to court documents.

Correa initially denied being involved in the incident, police said.

He showed detectives his cellphone’s call log, which indicated he placed a call to United Cab Co. at 3:42 a.m. the morning the incident happened, according to court documents. The driver of the cab, however, said he did not recognize Correa as the fare he picked up that morning.

Correa allegedly confessed to being the assailant after detectives showed him the surveillance images. He later said he did not remember being in the area when the kidnapping and battery happened, according to court documents.

Correa is an accounting sophomore at Loyola University, according to the online campus directory.

He has been suspended from the university until a hearing can be held to determine what action to take, a Loyola spokeswoman said.

He remained jailed Monday, according to Orleans Parish Prison records. His bail was set at $100,000.

According to court documents, Correa will have to wear an ankle monitor if he posts bond and will not be allowed to roam freely around the Uptown university area.

A hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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