DeQuincy man indicted for alleged rape of 94-year-old woman

Elderly DeQuincy woman attacked
Gabe McKeel, Jr.; Courtesy: CPSO
Gabe McKeel, Jr.; Courtesy: CPSO

DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - A DeQuincy man was indicted by a grand jury on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated 2nd degree battery and aggravated burglary.

Officials said Gabe McKeel, 48, broke into the 94-year-old woman's DeQuincy home in January then beat and raped her.

According to DeQuincy Police Chief Michael Suchanek the victim's nephew went to check on her after she did not answer the phone and found her severely beaten.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where she gave a statement to police identifying her attacker as Gabe McKeel, Jr. It's not clear if it was forced entry, but according to police the victim said once inside McKeel armed himself with a knife.

Within an hour police arrested McKeel at his home. Chief Suchanek said McKeel did not resist arrest. Suchanek said McKeel has a lengthy criminal history. Judge Ware set bond at $1,600,000.

McKeel is a native of New Orleans and has been a resident of DeQuincy for the past 8 months.

The victim's condition is unknown.

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