SAVANNAH, GA (December 22, 2011): A 16-year-old Savannah teen is being charged as an adult with multiple sexual assaults after Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Special Victims Unit, Violent Crimes Detectives and the U.S. Marshals arrested him in the area of the attacks Thursday afternoon.
The teen was arrested for the attempted sexual assault on a Savannah woman in her residence Wednesday night. The investigation soon linked him to three other assaults on women in the Avondale and Skidaway corridor areas.
He has been charged with rape , aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and two counts of burglary. Other charges are expected on these four cases and potentially others. Arraignment is scheduled Saturday at which time police anticipate requesting the cases be transferred to Superior Court.
In Wednesday’s assault the woman reported a young male had entered her house and pushed her down before demanding sex. He left when she began fighting him off.
The investigation also has linked the juvenile to three other cases:
On Nov. 23, a woman reported a young male dragged her into her house, grabbing under her robe. She fought back and the male ran through the same door he had entered.
On Dec. 1, a woman reported a male of the same description had entered her house looking for a woman who lived there. When she told him the woman was not home, she said he attempted to overpower her and pull at her clothing until she screamed for her boyfriend. Then he ran from the house.
And on Dec. 13, a woman reported a young man she recognized in the area forced his way into her house and sexually attacked her. Police found he had cut the screen on her door to unlatch it to gain entrance.
Police had been investigating those cases, as well as two others with similarities, but were unable to positively connect them until interviewing the suspect today because of dissimilarities that also existed between the cases.
Violent Crimes and Special Victims Unit detectives are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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