Suspected serial rapist faces new charges

DETROIT, MICH. - A 32-year-old suspected serial rapist was charged Tuesday in a fourth case of rape and home invasion in metro Detroit and arraigned on the crimes today.

Ikeie Ranordo Smith of Redford Township faces new charges in a case out of Allen Park that occurred in July 2015. The charges include three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of first-degree home invasion and one count of unarmed robbery, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.

Smith is currently being held without bond on previously cases and was given a $1 million cash bond in the new case during his arraignment today in 24th District Court, officials said.

Meanwhile, prosecutors are reviewing two warrant requests submitted today by the Dearborn Heights police.

In all, Smith is suspected of committing  34 cases — including sexual assaults, home invasions and attempted home invasions —  in seven metro Detroit communities dating to 2011, police said. The communities are Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, Redford and Taylor.

Dearborn police have said Smith admitted responsibility for "several of the cases in several of the jurisdictions" after his arrest.

He was tied to seven of the cases through DNA evidence,  Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Michael Shaw said Monday.

It was DNA evidence that linked him to the case charged today.

The victim in the case was awoken when a man broke into her home, Allen Park Detective Jim Thorburn said. She was repeatedly sexually assaulted and Smith is accused of taking money from her purse before leaving.

Thorburn, who said the woman was home alone, talked to Smith for about two hours after his arrest.

When asked if Smith admitted to the crime, he said, Smith was "very vague.“

“He didn’t give a lot of specifics," Thorburn said.  "He gave some … but not like I had hoped for.”

A person close to the investigation told the Free Press Monday there are 12 criminal sexual conduct victims in cases where varying degrees of sexual assaults occurred and 26 home invasions that Smith is suspected of committing. Those numbers could grow in coming days.

The suspect was picking neighborhoods that lacked streetlights and got into homes through unlocked windows or doors, the person said.

Police said a Livonia resident helped police nab Smith when she noticed somebody went into her yard, then reported it to police and turned over surveillance video of the incident. Smith was arrested Wednesday after the resident's video had been made public and police received an anonymous tip called into Crime Stoppers, officials said.

Smith was arraigned in two cases Friday in 17th District Court in Redford Township. He faces two counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, home invasion and one count of armed robbery in connection with those cases from 2014 and 2016.

He was arraigned on another case from 2015 that same day in 21st District Court in Garden City.  He faces three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count each of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree home invasion in that case.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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