Police: Man wanted in rape on LSU’s campus arrested in Atlanta

The man accused of raping a woman inside a portable toilet on LSU’s campus during a football game last month was arrested Monday evening in Atlanta, authorities said Tuesday.

Albert Carlos Ford, 32, of Atlanta, is accused of following a 21-year-old woman into a portable toilet off South Campus Drive, threatening to “snap” her neck if she screamed and then raping her, according to an arrest warrant. The incident was reported the afternoon of Nov. 23 during the school’s football game against Texas A&M.

Investigators say Ford was linked to the crime through DNA evidence. Ford, who was booked as a fugitive from justice on one count of aggravated rape, was awaiting extradition Tuesday in the Fulton County Jail, and it wasn’t immediately clear when he would be returned to Louisiana, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU Police spokesman.

“It took place without any further incident,” Lalonde said of Ford’s arrest. “They didn’t have additional charges on him; they just picked him up on the warrant.”

Officers with the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia Department of Corrections had been looking for Ford and took him into custody in the parking lot of a Krispy Kreme off Interstate 20 at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to an arrest report.

The victim told authorities that as she walked into a portable toilet between Francioni Hall and the Food Science Building, a man shoved her in the back and locked the door behind them before raping her.

The woman told detectives she cried and begged the man not to hurt her. After the rape, the man removed his condom, threw it in the toilet and exited the portable toilet, according to the warrant. Witnesses tailgating nearby reported seeing a man who matched the description given by the victim leave the area and walk west on South Campus Drive.

In light of the rape, Lalonde said, officials plan to evaluate security measures to determine whether anything “could have been done differently.” He said investigators believed the rape to be a “crime of opportunity.”

“We don’t blame the victim, but if you reduce the opportunities, you reduce the risk of becoming a victim of violent crime,” Lalonde said, suggesting people travel in groups for safety on game days.

He said it’s important for visitors to campus to remain vigilant, especially on game days.

“On a normal day, we can’t be everywhere at once,” he added. “On a game day, where you have roughly four times the number of people that we have on a normal weekday, that makes it even that much more difficult for us to be everywhere.”

Neither Ford nor the victim are affiliated with the university, Lalonde said.

Online court records show Ford is also wanted in Tampa, Fla., for failing to appear in court for a December 2011 counterfeiting case. Ford was charged with a misdemeanor there for allegedly selling fake tickets to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game, according to authorities.