Patterson man booked in rape of 12-year-old

A Patterson man was arrested Wednesday in the November rape of a 12-year-old girl and theft of a vehicle taken from the victim’s home, St. Mary Parish officials said.

Bryson J. Verdin, 23, of 204 Kathleen St., was arrested at noon on a warrant for aggravated rape and theft over $5,000, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said in an email.

Verdin is being held without bail at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville.

Landry said detectives believe the crimes occurred Nov. 14 in the Patterson area.