Sex offender arrested in rape

October 17, 2008 7:53:47 PM PDT
Police have identified the suspect in the rape of a 17-year-old girl, who was attacked at gunpoint on the way to her bus stop. Friday night, police identified that man as 22-year-old Jermaine Carter of Wilmington, a registered sex offender. Investigators add, he's also responsible for a number of other crimes this week, including the sexual assault of a 46-year-old woman.

Police say plain clothes officers were on special detail around 6:00 a.m. Friday when they saw Carter in the area of 8th and Kirkwood Streets. Police say he matched the description of the attacker in the recent crime wave.

According to authorities, as uniformed officers approached, Carter fled on foot. When he was caught, police found he was carrying a silver, semi-automatic handgun.

The rape of the teenage girl happened around 6:20 a.m. Thursday in the 3000 block of North Jefferson Street.

Police say the girl told officers she was on her way to the bus stop when she was approached from behind by a man with a silver handgun.

According to investigators, the man said "Give it up." Then, police say, he pulled her into an alley and raped her.

This is not the only sexually violent attack Carter is charged with. Police say, on Wednesday morning, Carter robbed and sexually assaulted a 46-year-old woman in the 1100 block of East 14th Street.

Police say Carter is also a suspect in the armed robbery of a woman Monday morning in the 700 block of West 9th Street; the armed robbery of a 17 year old girl on Tuesday morning; and the armed robbery of a 48 year old woman in the 800 block of Kirkwood Street.

The police activity brought back frightening memories for Devon Hynson. Last October his then 12-year-old daughter managed to get away from a man who tried to abduct her as she was walking to her bus stop.

Hynson is calling on police, and parents, to monitor the streets until school buses pick up their young passengers.

"They're getting up way too early and it's dark outside, and it's very unsafe I think," Hynson said. "I think we just need to give them some support."

Other residents in this neighborhood also want more police patrols in the early morning hours because so many children walk to their bus stops.

"If their parents don't walk them to the bus stops, I think there should be someone at the bus stop to see if the kids get there safely," said neighbor Shirley Brown.

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