Lake Charles man charged with attempted rape of elderly woman

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KLFY)- A Lake Charles man is in custody on one count of attempted first degree rape after allegedly attacking an elderly woman outside her home.

On May 25 at around 7:30 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5000 block of Leon Drive in reference at attempted sexual assault.

Investigators said the woman was able to scream for help and the suspect fled.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the Lake Charles Police Department was handling a similar incident not far from the woman’s home.

A coordinated effort between Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department and Louisiana State Police led to Richard Wayne Barras.

He remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $900,000 bond.

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