A man was arrested and charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl he met on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana's famous party street. He and another man reportedly approached the girl late on Aug. 1 and brought her back to their motel.
Authorities took Rondell Love, 39, and Kendrick Ross, 31, into custody shortly after the victim texted 911 in a desperate plea for help, NOLA.com reported.
According to Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department, the victim claimed she had been raped by one of the men.
A police report of the incident detailed that the girl allegedly had consensual sex with Ross, but woke up later to find Love sexually assaulting her.
Love and Ross had met the girl after finding her on Bourbon Street. They offered to give her a ride home, but instead took her back to their motel room, where they all drank vodka and the girl allegedly agreed to have sex with Ross, NOLA.com reported.
According to McGregor, Ross left the sleeping girl in the room to get some food, and later returned to witness Love raping her. This is when the girl reportedly texted police, “I’ve been raped please help.”
Authorities found the black BMW that the 13-year-old had described in her text and eventually located Ross, Love and the girl. They arrested Ross for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and Love for forcible rape, molestation of a juvenile and parole violation.
McGregor explains that Ross was not charged with rape because state law defines felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile as consensual intercourse between an offender who is 17 years or older and a victim who is between 13 and 16 years old. The age gap between the offender and victim must be at least four years.
Both Ross and Love were being held without bail on Aug. 4 at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans for a rape exam and is now scheduled for a follow-up interview.