Ignatius of Loyola University of latest Orleans student was inactive Sabbatum in reference to a sexual battery that university police aforementioned happened at The Boot Bar and Grill on street early Friday morning.
The suspect is known as Salim Pena Cifuentes, 21, New Orleans police aforementioned. Cifuentes is from Madrid, Spain. He was set-aside into Orleans Parish jail on a count of sexual battery.
It was the third incident in a month in which a man claiming to be a Loyola student allegedly assaulted someone at the bar, but school officials said the man was arrested in connection only with the incident reported Friday.
“We will ensure that an Ignatius of Loyola student has been inactive during this latest incident. We area unit planning to take all ways accessible to the United States of America through our disciplinary method to make sure the security of the scholars,” Patricia Murret, a spokesperson for Ignatius of Loyola, said in a statement.
In an email sent earlier to students and staff that provided details on Friday’s incident, Loyola Police Chief Todd Warren said a woman reported being the victim of sexual battery and that the incident was similar to the other sexual assaults reported by Loyola students in recent weeks, in which students said they were lured off-campus or drugged.
In a statement late Saturday, Alexander Abbyad, the director of operations for The Boot, said that the student had been apprehended after the bar contacted officials and provided details about his identity.
“Moments after the incident occurred, our management immediately contacted Tulane and Loyola police, provided the first and last name of the alleged perpetrator and provided surveillance video of the assault,” Abby said. “We are relieved the individual has been taken into custody, and we will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that our patrons remain safe at all times.”
The victim of the alleged incident on Friday said the man, who claimed to be a student, approached her on The Boot’s dance floor about 2:30 to 3 a.m., spoke Spanish to her and so touched her while not her consent in an exceedingly approach that grooved sexual battery. The Boot, a popular college bar at 1039 Broadway, is a few steps from the Tulane campus and a few blocks from Loyola.
The first alleged assault happened about 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 24, once an Ignatius of Loyola student aforementioned she was separated from her friend on the bar’s floor by a person UN agency claimed to be a student.
Once she was away from her friend, the man allegedly ushered her into an Uber vehicle and took her with another man to the Garden District, where she said she was raped by multiple individuals, according to Loyola police.
On Sept. 5, another woman said a man at The Boot had sexually assaulted her in an unfamiliar place. Loyola police reported that she awakened on the railroad tracks close to South Carrollton and Leake avenues.
The bar, a mainstay for Uptown college students, allows those 18 and older to enter and those 21 and older to drink. After the previous incidents, representatives from Tulane and Loyola expressed concern for student safety and urged students to stay vigilant.
On Friday, Warren once more urged students to require further precautions once going off-field or drinking at a bar. He advised them to never accept drinks from strangers or leave them unattended, to always travel in groups, to never leave a friend’s side and to “take a stand against crime” by being a good witness.
“If you see something suspicious or if anyone is harassing you, inform an employee and decision 911 promptly,” Warren aforementioned within the email.
“We are grateful for the ongoing efforts of the New Orleans Police Department,” Murret said in her statement. “The Loyola and Tulane police departments will continue to assist NOPD in the investigation in any way possible.”