Pearl River, LA — A convicted rapist who was released from Angola, Louisiana’s State Penitentiary, less than one month ago forced his way into a woman’s home and attempted to rape her, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Fifty-year-old Derrick Cousin served approximately 20 years in Angola for forcible rape, first degree robbery, and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

Since his early release less than one month ago, Cousin had been staying with a friend near Pearl River.

Around 1:30 a.m. on September 28, Cousin, who was armed with a knife, forced his way inside of a nearby house and into a bedroom where a woman was sleeping.

The woman awoke to the sound of the house’s alarm going off, spotted Cousin, and bolted into the bathroom, according to the STPSO.

She managed to prevent Cousin from entering the bathroom while calling the police at the same time, and Cousin fled once he realized the woman had dialed 911.

Responding officers found Cousin at his friend’s home, near the home he had broken into.

He has been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary with a weapon and attempted first-degree rape.

“This victim is extremely lucky to be alive after this dangerous criminal received an early release,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

Is there any rehabilitation for these guys?

Should we be trying to dig into the mind of a serial rapist and understand WHY he does what he does? Should we accept his testimony of how horrible his childhood was and accept that his current actions stemmed from that?

I’m just trying to figure out how some people come from abusive families and suffered terribly as a kid but grew up and never harmed anyone. But this guy gets to tell us how he was abused and That’s how he became a night stalker?

This isn’t right. We can’t continue to make excuses for disgusting behavior. And we can’t be a culture of people who think this is acceptable.