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DA details charges against suspected Fort Valley serial rapist

Darrell Ross will face 19 charges in a series of break-ins and attempted rapes in Peach County, according to District Attorney David Cooke.

At a news conference Wednesday, he said he's asked the GBI to draw up warrants. He expects that they will be served on Thursday.

He said Ross will face charges in these cases:

-- Aggravated sexual battery, home invasion, Jan. 31, 2015 incident at St. Luke's Lane

-- Rape, home invasion, armed robbery, aggravated assault, April 2 incident at Mollette Street.

-- Rape, home invasion, false imprisonment, April 5 incident at Vandaway st.

-- Attempted rape, home invasion, aggravated assault, April 8 incident at Rayfield Wright St.

-- Home invasion, kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted rape, April 26 incident at Julius Simmons Avenue

-- Rape, home invasion, false imprisonment, rape, April 28 incident at Spencer Street

Ross remains in the Peach County jail after being arrested Sunday.

Cooke declined to comment on details of the cases.

Fort Valley police chief Lawrence Spurgeon confirmed rape will be one of the charges against Darrell Ross, the prime suspect in a series of break-ins and rapes in Fort Valley.

Spurgeon said the Peach County Sexual Assault Task Force will name the charges against Ross at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Ross was arrested early Sunday, after a woman told police he was pacing outside her apartment and looking suspicious. Ross faces several charges from the arrest, including criminal trespass, prowling, possessing a gun while committing a crime and possessing tools while committing a crime.

In early April, five homes were broken into, two women were raped, and three struggled with an attacker before he took off. Later on that month, there was one attempted rape, one rape and five break-ins all within three days.


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