Search under way for accused rapist in Ascension

Ascension Parish sheriff’s detectives are searching for a 31-year-old man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl earlier this month.

The girl was raped at her home June 9 before Justo Venegas fled on a bicycle, leaving his 2003 GMC single-cab red pickup behind, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said Tuesday.

Venegas was last seen wearing blue jean Capri pants and a white muscle shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636 or by texting 847411 to an anonymous tip line. Tipsters can also contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.