Armed Break-In and Sexual Assault Charges by ELPD Against Suspect in Attack on Three Women

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Monday, January 27, 2020, 10:09 am
Alice Dreger

A suspect has been arraigned in Friday morning's attack on three women at an apartment complex on Abbot Road.

Charges include six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree (rape), three counts of armed robbery, home invasion, “assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation,” and four felony firearm counts.

The suspect is 24-year-old Lamont James Rodgers of Detroit. He was arraigned in Lansing’s 54A District Court yesterday.

Weekend arraignments happen at that court. The case will be transferred back to 54B District Court before being transferred to circuit court, according to ELPD Deputy Chief Steve Gonzalez.

Asked how there could be six counts of sexual assault with three victims, Gonzalez explained that one victim was "assaulted in four different manners and the two others were assualted in a singular manner each."

ELi’s Mark Meyer reported Friday that the assaults occurred at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Abbot Road, north of Lake Lansing Road.

Police responded shortly after 6 a.m. Friday to an emergency call for this attack. According to the initial report, the suspect was armed with a silver revolver. He entered the apartment through an unlocked door and, while inside, physically and sexually assaulted three female victims before stealing an assortment of electronic items.

The victims required medical attention for non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the incident.


Note: This story was updated at 10:45 a.m. with the information about why there are six counts of sexual assault, in response to a question from a reader.  At noon we corrected the charge counts after receiving a message from the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office indicating they had released the wrong figures on some counts.





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