- An Indiana man was arrested on Saturday in connection to a string of Philadelphia stalkings and rapes earlier this month.
- Kevin Bennett, also faces charges stemming from an April assault in Marion County, Indiana.
- An affidavit shows Indianapolis Police and the FBI tied Bennett to the April rape weeks before the attacks in Philadelphia.
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An Indiana man, who is accused of stalking several women and raping three of them during a four-day period in Philadelphia earlier this month, may be wanted in connection to similar crimes in as many as eight other states, authorities said Monday.
Kevin Bennett, 28, was arrested in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday after Philadelphia police recognized a pattern of a man who stalked, robbed, and in certain instances, sexually assaulted women who were almost all employed at gentleman’s clubs throughout the city, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I hope that Philadelphia residents join us in expressing our gratitude to the survivors who decided to speak out in order to prevent further trauma to others and help bring Mr. Bennett to justice,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a Monday statement.
Bennett ‘terrorized and assaulted’ Philadelphia women during a four-day spree, authorities said.
In six incidents over four days, Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb said Bennett followed women home from their nightclub jobs and “terrorized and assaulted” them while taking precautions to avoid detection by covering his license plate and posing as a utility worker to enter an apartment building at least once.
Investigators were able to identify Bennett, in part, because of his continued use of a gray Dodge Charger, which authorities said he drove to follow multiple women around Philadelphia earlier this month.
On May 16, authorities said Bennett approached a woman sitting in her car, held her at gunpoint, and sexually assaulted her in an alley. The following evening, Bennett reportedly followed a woman home from her job at a nightclub into her apartment building’s parking garage. Police said she was able to call 911 and drive away when she noticed Bennett approaching her.
On May 18, Bennett followed one of three women home from their jobs at a different gentleman’s club to an apartment building in North Philadelphia, according to McNabb. The woman was also able to evade him by screaming and running into a neighbor’s apartment when she noticed him. According to the Inquirer, police obtained footage that showed the gray Dodge at that location.
Ten hours later, authorities allege Bennett returned to the same apartment dressed as an electrical worker and robbed and sexually assaulted the two other women who live there. Both women told authorities they saw Bennett at work the night before, according to the Inquirer.
Later that same day, authorities say a man they believe was Bennett pulled a gun on a woman inside a fitness center at a hotel and demanded that she leave with him. When she refused, police say he hit her on the head with his gun and fled.
Bennett faces multiple charges in Philadelphia and Indianapolis as well as federal charges
Krasner said his office will charge Bennett with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, stalking, burglary, robbery, and weapons charges.
A spokesperson for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office told Insider that additional charges against Bennett were filed Monday evening in connection with a sexual assault incident that occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the beginning of April.
A probable cause affidavit for Kevin Bennett reviewed by Insider shows six counts against Bennett, including rape, kidnapping, and criminal confinement.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors also charged him with illegal gun possession and intention to distribute methamphetamine, according to The Inquirer.
A spokesperson for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, where Indianapolis is located, told Insider that Bennett was being held in federal custody until the federal case against him is resolved.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation also assisted in Bennett’s Saturday arrest.
Chris Bavender, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Indianapolis field office told The Inquirer that agents surveilled “multiple locations” for 36 hours in order to locate Bennett. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department SWAT team then arrested him around 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is working with the FBI to identify other possible victims, the outlet reported, and authorities are still investigating whether Bennett has ties to Philadelphia.
An affidavit shows authorities in Indianapolis knew Kevin Bennett’s name weeks before the Philadelphia attacks
Nearly one month before Bennett’s four-day crime spree in Philadelphia, authorities in Indiana had already discovered Bennett was tied to a similar sexual assault that occurred in Indianapolis in early April.
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According to the affidavit, a female show club employee was raped at gunpoint in the basement of her apartment building on April 2. The woman told police the suspect was a short Black male wearing a blue mask and black hoodie and was armed with a small silver revolver.
An officer on the scene located a male who matched the physical description inside the building immediately following the attack, though he was wearing a different hoodie and did not have a silver revolver on him, the affidavit said. The victim identified the man as her attacker and he was arrested that night and charged later that week.
But on April 12, surveillance footage from the apartment complex revealed “there was no way” the man in question could be the attacker, the affidavit said, and the case against him was dropped.
On April 19, fingerprint results from a condom wrapper left at the scene of the assault came back to Kevin Bennett, who already had a record in Indiana. Three days later, an FBI employee from the Nashville office contacted Indianapolis police regarding a similar rape in Tennessee on April 6. According to the affidavit, the FBI staffer said she was working with multiple law enforcement agencies in the South on a string of similar rapes targeting female “exotic dancers.”
The lead Indianapolis Metro Police Department Sex Crimes detective told the FBI staffer about Kevin Bennett’s fingerprints found on the condom wrapper and on April 22, the two were able to tie the car seen at the scene of the Tennessee crime back to Bennett.
More than three weeks later, authorities say they believe Bennett targeted at least six women in Philadelphia.
The affidavit makes no mention of any attempts by authorities to locate Bennett after the Indianapolis Police Department and the FBI discovered his identity on April 22 – exactly one month before he was eventually arrested.
Michael Leffler, a spokesperson for Marion County prosecutors, told The Inquirer that Bennett wasn’t charged after during the gap because “the investigation was ongoing.”
The Indianapolis Police Department did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment and the national FBI press office declined to comment.