RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) – A man suspected of murder and committing or attempting to commit several North Texas sexual assaults has been arrested and he was captured while allegedly carrying out other crimes.
According to Richardson police, on Wednesday the 22-year-old suspect forced his way into a woman’s apartment and held her at gunpoint. Somehow the woman was able to fight off the attacker and called police.
Police say the suspect continued his crime spree after running away from that scene.
“The suspect then fled the apartment and went to an adjoining apartment complex across the street, where he attempted to then carjack an individual,” Richardson police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Perlich explained.
The driver of the car was also able to fight off the man and escape.
Apparently undeterred, the suspect then ran into the backyard of a house on James Drive, but was soon located and taken into custody.
The suspect is believed to be responsible for a number of crimes.
“We’re gonna look at a whole bunch of different offenses that he might be involved with,” Perlich said. “Anything from other attacks, attempted carjackings, or anything else where he might fit the physical description of someone that might be responsible for hose offenses.”
Right now Richardson police think the man is the person responsible for the stabbing death of a 63-year-old father on September 7. When police found the body of victim Jimmy Wayne Donawho inside his apartment, in the 900 block of St. Paul Drive, they say it looked like Donawho had fought with his attacker.
Dallas police also want to speak with the suspect. Investigators there believe the man sexually assaulted a woman near Greenville Avenue and Martel Avenue, in Dallas’s M street neighborhood. In that case the suspect broke into a home, sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint, hogtied her and stole some beer and a cell phone before leaving.
“We have had Dallas investigators here they have been working with us just because he fit the MO and stuff of their offense. So, we have been working together with them on this case,” Perlich said.
Richardson police have charged the suspect with one count of Burglary, one count of Robbery and one count of Criminal Trespass.