Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Serial Rape Suspect Caught in Illinois
Serial rape suspect Charles Anthony James was arrested this morning in Springfield Illinois. James was involved in a traffic accident while driving a vehicle that he took during a home invasion in Kentucky. After the accident, James took flight on foot from officers in Illinois, but was apprehended.
The search for James revealed that he had gotten off of the Augusta-bound bus from prison in Macon, Georgia. It was believed at the time that James had committed a home invasion in Jones County Georgia, just outside of Macon, in which he stole a vehicle. That vehicle was recovered in Kentucky, not far from the scene of another home invasion, in which James was suspected.
A car was taken in that case also, and this is the car that James was in this morning. There is “evidence” in the car that links James to the Jones County home invasion and auto theft.
The U.S. Marshals, Department of Corrections, Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and other agencies have actively been working with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in attempting to locate James.
The Extradition process will now begin and there is no way of knowing how long it will take to get James back to Richmond County.
Authorities say Mr. James was mistakenly released from the Georgia Department of Corrections. He was supposed to be sent back to the Richmond County Jail to await trial regarding his June 2008 arrests stemming from the kidnapping, rapes and violent assaults on three women.