Lake Charles rapist charged 20 years later

Lake Charles rapist charged 20 years later

A man currently serving time for robbery has now been charged with a 1997 rape in Lake Charles.

Lorenoza Danela Carlos, 41, was served a warrant for aggravated rape on Nov. 15 by authorities from Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Lake Charles Deputy Police Chief Mark Kraus said in a statement.

The sex crimes unit with the Lake Charles Police Department pulled this cold case from files in May 2017 and reopened the investigation.

On January 10, 1997, the victim said that she came home about 1:00 a.m.

Shortly after falling asleep, someone gained entry into her residence through a window, bound her hands while armed with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

The victim made attempts to get free, but the suspect tied her up tighter, assaulted her again and then fled the scene. She then ran to her parents’ home nearby yelling for help.

Evidence was recovered from the crime scene in 1997 and preserved, but DNA testing in July 2017 revealed a match to Lorenoza Danela Carlos, officials said.

After further investigation, an affidavit for arrest was presented to a 14th Judicial Judge on Nov. 14 and a bond of $800,000 was set.

On Nov. 15, Carlos was served with the warrant in the Avoyelles Parish Correctional Center where he is currently serving a 20 year sentence for a first degree robbery he committed in 2004.