An ex-convict booked earlier this month on accusations he sexually abused a 7-year-old girl has now been linked through DNA testing to a woman’s kidnapping and rape in January 2007, one of three sexual assaults he is believed to have committed that year, Baton Rouge police said Thursday.
DNA testing had identified Lloyd Anderson, 41, 3657 Byron Ave., as a suspect in two of the 2007 rapes, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery in the third case, which also involved a DNA match, after authorities had difficulty locating the victim, prosecutors have said.
Detectives revisited the two still-open rape cases from 2007 after Anderson was booked earlier this month on accusations he sexually abused a 7-year-old girl.
Anderson was re-booked this week on counts of forcible rape and kidnapping in the abduction of a 24-year-old woman in January 2007. He had been booked last week in an October 2007 rape and kidnapping.
Anderson’s arrest in the January 2007 case was delayed for months, McKneely said, because detectives had trouble contacting the victim after she changed her name and moved to Texas.
McKneely acknowledged Anderson could have been booked in the October 2007 rape long before last week, given the DNA match. But he said detectives were apparently unaware of the DNA match to Anderson made by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
“Some kind of way, between the transition or relaying of information, the ball basically got dropped because (notification) was being mailed at that particular time,” McKneely said, adding detectives are now learning of DNA matches via email.
He said all open sex-crime cases are being revisited because the system has been updated to allow investigators to go online and review the cases.
The January 2007 case is similar to other sexual assaults authorities have tied to Anderson’s genetic profile.
He is accused of abducting the 24-year-old woman in the 1600 block of North Acadian Thruway, striking her in the jaw and dragging her into an abandoned house.
Anderson told the victim he was having sex with her against her will to collect a debt owed for drugs he had provided her, according to an arrest warrant.
“The suspect kept saying she had received dope from him and she was going to pay him back,” Detective Christopher McDowell wrote in an arrest warrant. “The victim told the suspect she had never seen him before and she didn’t know what he was talking about.”
In the October 2007 case, the victim had been lying in bed in a home on Sumrall Drive when an intruder, standing at the foot of the bed, ordered her to get up. Anderson allegedly drove her to an unidentified recycling plant in the 2300 block of Scenic Highway, where she was then sexually assaulted.
Anderson’s aggravated battery conviction stems from a May 2007 case in which a 48-year-old woman was walking home when a man grabbed her around the neck, choked her and dragged her to a construction site on Convention Street. The woman told authorities she lost consciousness after being thrown to the ground and that her assailant had threatened to kill her if she said anything, according to an arrest document.
Anderson provided a DNA sample found to be consistent with evidence obtained in a sexual assault kit. His guilty plea landed him in state prison between March 2009 and October 2011, corrections officials have said.
Anderson has prior convictions in Baton Rouge dating back to 1988 for carnal knowledge of a juvenile, unauthorized entry of a business and simple burglary, according to court records. District Attorney Hillar Moore III last week described Anderson as “somebody who shouldn’t be walking the streets.”