Bank security aids police in capture of rapist http://www.privateofficer.com
An intruder robbed and raped a South Memphis woman Wednesday afternoon has been arrested thanks to the calmness of the victim and the assistance of a bank security officer.
Police said that the suspect forced the woman to go to a bank to withdraw money after raping her and it was there that she was able to get help.
The woman told a bank security guard to call police which he did as he then went outside to see if he could assist further.
According to police, the intruder broke into the 40-year-old woman’s house in the 1600 block of Preston about 1 p.m. He demanded money at gunpoint, then raped her.
The man then forced the victim drive to the Regions Bank at Third and Belz, where he ordered her to withdraw money, but woman saw a security officer and asked for his help.
At that point the suspect, identified as Willie Miller, 18, fled and jumped on a city bus as bank security notified police of the suspect’s wherebouts.
Police stopped the bus, and the suspect hopped off and ran, but officers caught him several blocks away.
Miller told investigators it was true that he’d broken into the house, but the sex act was consensual and the woman wanted to give him money.
He’s been charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and evading arrest.
Miller pleaded guilty in 2008 to aggravated burglary and was given a three-year suspended sentence.
Miller is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $500,000 bond.
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