Grand jury indicts police officer accused of kidnapping and raping women

Grand jury indicts police officer accused of kidnapping and raping women

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Court officials said a police officer was indicted on kidnapping, rape and other charges Friday.

According to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, a grand jury in Tangipahoa Parish indicted Grant Carruth, 25, of Husser, on the following:

Second-degree kidnapping (2 counts)

Carruth was an officer with the Amite Police Department at the time of his arrest. His current status with the department is unknown.

Deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office took Carruth into custody on September 30. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said his office has been investigating two separate cases for about a month that involved women being kidnapped and sexually assaulted. The cases were reported on August 11 and September 20. Authorities said the suspect was more violent toward the second victim.

He added in both cases, the victims reported they were approached by a man who identified himself as a narcotics officer and would then tell them that they were being placed under arrest. According to reports, the victims were handcuffed and driven to unknown areas of Tangipahoa Parish.

The victims told investigators they were forced to perform sexual acts against their will. Edwards added the victims also said they were then driven to other areas and released.

Officials said the similarities in the cases led investigators to believe they were connected and the same suspect could be responsible for both. They added detectives gathered evidence that pointed to Carruth as their primary suspect. According to reports, both victims identified Carruth as the person who kidnapped and assaulted them.

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