Thursday, August 14, 2008

17 year old Milwaukeean charged with serial rapes

Michael Tarrell McThune, 17, is charged with the serial rapes of five women in and around his north Milwaukee neighborhood. The targets were women walking alone between 10:30 PM and 2 AM, according to police. McThune became a suspect after 2 attacks on August 2, where the victims told police that the attacker came up to them in a bike, and raped them at gunpoint.

According to the criminal complaint, McThune attacked a 17-year-old girl June 22 in the 2500 block of W. Center St. He also threatened and raped a 21-year-old woman July 12 and a 27-year-old woman July 16, each about four blocks apart on N. 24th Place, the complaint says.

McThune is charged with committing two separate attacks on 18-year-old women Aug. 2, which prompted police to search for a possible serial rapist.

According to the criminal complaint, McThune admitted the assaults to police but said they were prostitution-related.

The rape charges are not the only charges McThune faces. He is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon under age 18, resisting or obstructing an officer and possession of THC. McThune was released on bond in those cases, but is being held on $500,000 bond for 5 counts of 1st degree armed sexual assault, a crime which carries a maximum 60 sentence in a Wisconsin prison.

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