Man arrested for rape, abduction may be connected to other crimes

AVON, Ind. (WISH) – Avon police said they have the man responsible for sexually assaulting two woman, then robbing them at gunpoint in front of a child.

The incident happened last week in a Walmart parking lot.

What’s also disturbing, Indianapolis Metro police think he could be tied to more assaults here in Indianapolis.

A cell phone is what helped them connect those dots. It brought Avon police together with IMPD.

Now, they’re trying to figure out how many victims there could be, now that they said they have their man behind bars.

“It’s probably some of the worst situations we’ve ever encountered,” said Avon Police Detective Sean Stoops.

Detective Stoops said just days after getting a sexual assault report from Clermont police, they have the man responsible for the horrific crime.

Two women said they were abducted from the Avon Walmart parking lot on U.S. 36 Thursday, sexually assaulted, and then robbed at gunpoint.

“The two females were with a three year-old child,” Det. Stoops said.

Detective Stoops said the man then took all three to a victim’s home in Clermont, where he bound them and stole some items including their cell phones and a car. He said good police work tracking the victim’s stolen cell phone helped them find the suspect in Indianapolis.

“We’re working closely with IMPD as well as other agencies to try to determine what crimes are out there that need to be investigated,” Det. Stoops said.

One crime in particular happened last Wednesday on South LaSalle Street. Police said the victim reported three white men forced their way into her home. Once inside, they sexually assaulted her and took items from her home.

Investigators said two men are already in custody for the crime and have some connection to the man Avon police have in custody.

Police said they are confident there are more victims. They’re just not sure how many.

“Through the investigation to this point, we’ve determined that there are other crimes that have taken place that he and maybe some others have been involved in,” Det. Stoops said.

Police asked 24-Hour News 8 not to release the suspect’s name because he may be connected to more crimes.

Detectives said that may jeopardize other potential cases. He’s in the Hendricks County Jail facing kidnapping and rape charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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