Sheriff’s office seeks New Orleans man for forcible rape in Washington Parish

Published 8:39 am Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Jermaine Daniel Sims Lacour, a 30-year old New Orleans man, who is alleged to have committed a forcible rape in Washington Parish.

According to the WPSO, a female Washington Parish resident was home on the afternoon of May 29 waiting for a satellite technician to install television service. The technician arrived and was allowed entrance into the residence to complete the installation process. Once the satellite connection was completed, the victim wrote a check to cover the cost of the new installation.

When the victim looked up to give Lacour the check, she reportedly noticed that he had exposed himself. He then physically attacked and initiated a violent sexual assault on her, but before he could complete the act, he became frightened and fled, according to the sheriff’s office. The assailant was identified as Jermaine Daniel Sims Lacour.

The Sheriff’s Office responded promptly and Detective Raymond Myers took over the investigation with the assistance of Victim Advocate Shelia DeDon who is working with the victim to help her through the recovery process. Myers obtained a warrant for Lacour who is believed to be in the New Orleans area.

The warrant charges Lacour with Forcible Rape. If convicted of the crime, he will face imprisonment at hard labor for five to 40 years.

Sheriff Randy Seal was quick to praise Myers for his handling of this case.

“A brutal and vicious attack such as this will not be tolerated,” he said. “We will use every means at our disposal to capture Lacour and place him in jail where he belongs. Once that happens, our office will work closely with the District Attorney to help make sure Lacour is convicted and sentenced to prison for a very long time.

“Detective Myers did an excellent job investigating this matter and Victim Advocate DeDon has been a valuable asset to the victim.”

Sheriff Seal continued with a general warning.

“I recommend that all persons use great caution when allowing any service worker into their home,” he said. “If at all possible, have another family member or friend present with you. Most service workers are hard-working, honest people who are no threat to innocent citizens. There are a few, though, who are not trustworthy. It is always best to use an abundance of caution in such matters.”