Wednesday, September 05, 2012
INTERNET RAPIST ARRESTED
(GEORGIA, U.S.A.) Clayton County Police believe that there could be more victims of a man they say used the Internet to lure women and raped them.
Police arrested Jalyn Dwight Conner and charged him with multiple charges of rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, false imprisonment and aggravated sodomy. Conner, 17, allegedly lured victims into a vacant apartment near his home and raped them.
Police are asking anyone who believe they may have been a victim of the College Park teenager to contact Clayton Police Detective Freeman at (770) 477-3624.
Sgt. Otis Willis said police are not releasing Conner’s photo nor the website he used to meet his alleged victims. “We do not want to reveal his face because there could possibly be more victims and showing his face could hinder our investigation,” said Willis. “We are not revealing which Internet site he used to meet his victims because any information that is presented by the victim needs to be unbiased.” According to warrants issued to Clayton County Police, Conner has denied involvement in the alleged attacks. Police said three women identified him from a photo line-up and items belonging to the alleged victims were found inside Conner’s home.
Willis said one victim was allegedly attacked raped on Aug. 12, during early morning hours, and another victim was allegedly attacked and raped around 6 a.m., on Aug. 23. The sergeant said both rapes took place near the Garden Walk Boulevard area.
Police linked Conner to the crimes after they searched Conner’s apartment and found items belonging to both women and a gun, ammunition as well as a holster, according to the warrant. A woman told police Conner called her that morning and invited her to his gated apartment complex on Riverdale Road in College Park to have sex with him. He allegedly gave her the gate code and told her to meet him at unit J6. Police said Conner lives in the same building but that J6 is vacant.
The woman told police she met Conner about 9:30 a.m. inside the unit, which she said was dark and void of furniture. Once inside, the woman told police, Conner put a gun to her head and said, “You know what this is.” The woman said Conner took her purse and phone and made her undress. She said he zip-tied her hands together and raped her. According to the warrant, Conner told her to stay inside the unit while he took her keys and went to her vehicle. The woman told police Conner stole $100, a camera, Coach bag and two cell phones from her vehicle. While Conner was outside, the woman said she was able to break the zip ties. When Conner returned, she said he got angry and allegedly raped her again. Afterward, he ran in an unknown direction and she drove to a nearby store and called police.
The woman was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center, where she was examined using a rape kit, according to the warrant. Police said a second complaint was made Aug. 23 against Conner, when another woman reported a similar attack in the same unit. Willis said women should take precautions when using any Internet site to meet people.
“If you meet someone over the Internet, it needs to be in a public place, just in case you need to make an outcry for help,” explained Willis. “You should inform a family member or friend where you are going and who you are meeting. Even if they could provide a name, an e-mail address or a phone number for the person they are going to meet.” Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter is grateful for all of the Clayton County residents who are assisting police in the Internet rape cases, Willis said.
“He wants them to remember the key to making Clayton County a better place to live is by citizens getting involved in their community,” continued the sergeant. “Our partnership with citizens is based on community-oriented policing.” Conner is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail. He is due back in court Sept. 7 for bond reconsideration.