Authorities in Tampa, Florida, arrested a man on Friday on charges that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a DoorDash driver who was trying to make a delivery earlier this week.
Police in Tampa said in a news release on Saturday that Joseph Killins, 38, has been charged with armed kidnapping, armed robbery with a gun, armed sexual battery, and aggravated battery with a weapon.
Tuesday night around 11 p.m., a woman in her early 20s was attacked at a Residence Inn hotel, where she had gotten out of her car to make a delivery, police said.
Police say that the suspect came up to her with a gun, forced her back into her car, and told her to drive to the Belara Lakes Apartments, where he sexually attacked her.
The Suspect shot at the Victim’s Family
Police said that when the victim was taken and beaten, she had her AirPods in and was on the phone with her lover, who knew what was going on. The victim’s family called the cops and then used her phone to find out where she was.
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When the family got to the apartment complex, they helped get the victim out of her car, but the attacker shot at them while they were doing it. Police said that a woman in her 20s who was related to the victim’s girlfriend was shot and hurt.
The man then ran away from the scene.
Police said that both people were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police have also shared information about another robbery that Killins is being charged with. It happened the morning after the attack on the DoorDash driver, also at the Belara Lakes complex, on Wednesday, and Killins is being charged with that one as well. A woman in her 40s was punched and her backpack was taken during that episode.
Killins was caught at the Tampa Inn on Friday night after detectives working on both cases found him there.
“This criminal is now off the streets thanks to the tireless efforts of every Tampa Police Department employee and the assistance provided by members of our community,” said Interim Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw in a statement. “My thoughts remain with the victims. I hope this arrest brings them a sense of comfort knowing that he will now face justice for the crimes he chose to commit.”
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