Michigan City man arrested after rash of sexual assaults and home invasions

Demarcus Cortez WIlliams
Demarcus Cortez WIlliams(Photo courtesy of Michigan City police Department)
Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 11:42 AM EDT
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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WNDU) - A Michigan City man has been arrested in connection to a string of home invasions and sexual assaults.

The Michigan City Police Department responded to three calls within a 2-hour period on Thursday, July 9, of a suspect entering homes and sexually assaulting victims.

The first was reported around 12:45 a.m. Thursday. A 911 call referenced someone screaming for help in the area of the 100 Block of W Ripley St. The victim reported that the suspect carried her to an area and forced himself on her, but the attempted rape was stopped by a neighbor who came outside and yelled, causing the suspect to run away.

Later that day at 1:44 a.m., another 911 caller from the 1000 block of Tennessee St. reported that a man had broken into her residence and attempted to sexually assault her. Officers arrived and spoke to two women who said they woke up with someone knocking at their door. They did not answer the door and shortly after, the man entered their residence through a window. The suspect attempted to sexually assault the women, but they were able to fight back and force him out.

Then around 2:14 a.m., a 911 call from a resident near the 1300 Block of Kentucky St. reported that a man had broken into their residence and attempted to sexually assault two juveniles. Officers arrived and learned that the suspect gained entry into the residence through a window. He was scared off when other residents woke up.

Based on the description given by all victims/witnesses, officers were able to identify the suspect as 30-year-old Demarcus Cortez Williams. Officers had previously dealt with Williams earlier in the evening on an unrelated call.

Williams was taken into custody in the 1200 Block of Tennessee St. by members of the LaPorte County Drug Task Force (LCDTF), Fugitive Apprehension Street Team (FAST) and Detective Bureau.

Williams is facing five criminal charges to include attempted rape, sexual battery, kidnapping, criminal confinement, and resisting law enforcement.

Williams is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond and will have his initial court appearance in LaPorte County Superior Court on Tuesday, July 14th, at 8:30 a.m.

Additional criminal charges against Williams are anticipated within the coming days.

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