August 10, 2018

Lacombe Man Guilty of Raping Mandeville Woman

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Ronald D. Moore, Jr. (26) of Lacombe guilty Thursday evening (August 9, 2018) of first degree rape and aggravated burglary for breaking into a Mandeville woman’s home and raping her on August 5, 2017. Moore faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison when he appears before District Judge Peter Garcia for sentencing on September 17, 2018.

The 53 year-old victim lived alone and had fallen asleep on the sofa. She was awakened about 1:30 am by Moore, who was standing over her and fondling her. She initially fought him, but he put her in a choke-hold, strangling her so intensely that blood pooled in the back of her neck, and blood vessels ruptured in her face. During the ordeal that lasted about two hours, Moore raped her, threatened to kill her, taunted her, and stole her prescription medication, driver’s license and mobile phone.

After Moore fled, the victim left her home and picked up a friend, who accompanied her to the hospital, where the Mandeville Police Department was contacted. The victim gave a detailed description of Moore. Police officers used video surveillance from surrounding establishments to identify a person matching the victim's description. When an image from the video was publicized, a caller identified Moore. DNA evidence, matched to Moore, also was found on the victim.

The jury deliberated about two hours before finding Moore guilty as charged.

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