PRAIRIEVILLE — Ascension Parish sheriff’s authorities have arrested an illegal immigrant following a rape allegation.
Elmer Alexander Esquivel Ramos, 33, 43218 Moody Dixon Road, Prairieville, was booked into Ascension Parish Prison on Tuesday on counts of aggravated rape and second-degree battery, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.
In addition, agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a hold on Ramos because he has been living in the U.S. without legal permission.
Deputies were called to St. Elizabeth Hospital on Monday morning where a 72-year-old woman was being treated after she was sexually assaulted and beaten, Wiley said.
The victim had stayed overnight at a couple’s home in Prairieville, where Ramos had visited and also was staying, the sheriff said. The victim told authorities that she woke up with Ramos’ hand over her mouth as he beat and raped her, Wiley added.