Thursday, November 12, 2009
Investigators seek rape suspect
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators are looking for a suspect who raped a Byhalia area woman Wednesday, Nov. 4, about 10 p.m. on Highway 309 North near Coldwater Bottom, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The victim, a 32-year-old mother of three, was attempting to change a flat front tire on her vehicle when the suspect stopped, offered help, was told help was not needed, and then attacked the victim. The suspect struck the victim in the face, sexually assaulted her on the side of the road, then left, the sheriff said.
She was taken to the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center while deputies collected evidence at the scene. The victim’s husband arrived on the scene just minutes after the assault, Dickerson said.
The victim described the assailant as a white male between 5’9” and 5’10” with shaggy hair, beard, mustache and glasses. He had a fowl odor about himself, smelling of oil and smoke. The assailant was driving a pickup truck, Dickerson said.
Investigators are seeking any information the public may be able to provide on this crime. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling the sheriff's department at 662-252-1311 or Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.
In other news, sheriff’s investigators made five arrests in a string of auto burglaries that took place in the McClure Road area of the county near Wildcat Bottom and Taska Road in October, Dickerson said. The suspects were apprehended after numerous burglaries had been committed when some of the suspects used credit cards stolen from one of the vehicles at convenience stores in the area.
The burglaries included two pistols taken from two vehicles in a shop October 9 on McClure Road with entrance made through a shop window; the October 13 burglary and theft of a pistol from a vehicle on McClure Road; and the October 14 attempted burglary of a vehicle and the burglary of credit cards from a vehicle off Polo Cove October 16.
Credit card forgery led to the identification of suspects in the crime ring.
Suspect Christopher T. Starnes, 19, of 183 Jon Oaks, was arrested October 26 and charged with four counts of forgery, three counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary, Dickerson said. Starnes also faces four counts of credit card forgery in Collierville, Tenn. He was released on $40,000 bond Monday this week.
Also arrested October 30 and charged with one count auto burglary and one count attempted auto burglary was suspect James B. Bishop, 17, of 209 Jon Oaks, Dickerson said. Bishop was released on $5,000 bond.
Suspect Crystal L. Lykens, 31, of 253 McClure Road, was arrested October 26 and charged with selling stolen firearms, Dickerson said. She was released on $5,000 bond.
Two juvenile suspects were also arrested and charged with one count each auto burglary and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Tupelo, the sheriff said.
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