Illegal immigrant charged with raping 12-year-old girl at knifepoint


HARVEY, LA ( – The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Harvey man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl at knifepoint.

Jose Chavarria, 19, was booked Oct. 13 with first-degree rape, aggravated crime against nature, aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting an officer and illegally carrying weapons, authorities said.

Chavarria is accused of attacking the girl Oct. 13 at a residence on Tallow Tree Lane in Harvey, according to Capt. Jason Rivarde, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. Chavarria is known to the girl’s family, authorities said.

The girl and her mother contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report the assault the same day.

Chavarria is also accused of struggling with deputies when they took him into custody. During the scuffle, a folding knife fell out of Chavarria’s pocket, Rivarde said.

Chavarria was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna and remained there Friday in lieu of posting $552,000 bail. He was also being held without bail as a fugitive from another jurisdiction.


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