Rape suspect arrested; 2nd man sought in 4 sex attacks in Kensington
Kevin Maxwell was a creature of habit in his alleged crime spree against Kensington prostitutes. He purportedly picked them up, sometimes at gunpoint, from his navy-blue Toyota pickup truck as he cruised along Kensington Avenue, police said.
Kevin Maxwell was a creature of habit in his alleged crime spree against Kensington prostitutes.
He purportedly picked them up, sometimes at gunpoint, from his navy-blue Toyota pickup truck as he cruised along Kensington Avenue, police said.
Then he'd usually take the women to the Greenwood Cemetery, on Adams Avenue near Castor, where he'd rape them, said investigators with the police Special Victims Unit.
In all cases, Maxwell took photos of the victims during the sexual assault.
Maxwell, 25, of Woodhaven Avenue near Academy Road, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with four counts of sexual assault and related offenses.
Three of the victims never reported their assaults until investigators learned of the attacks and approached them, said Capt. John Darby, head of SVU.
The fourth victim, a 24-year-old woman attacked on April 2, gave police a license-plate number that led to Maxwell.
Maxwell, who had a prior arrest in California for domestic assault, told police that he had paid for sex with the woman after meeting her online.
When police obtained search warrants for Maxwell's home, they found a digital camera that had nude photographs of the victim and those of other unidentified women, police said. He was released pending further investigation.
Police said that they discovered the unreported rapes and enough evidence to charge Maxwell while attempting to solve a series of violent beatings and sexual assaults that also occurred in the Kensington area.
Darby and investigators have not found the person responsible for the other assaults, in which women were sexually assaulted and savagely beaten. At least one victim will require reconstructive facial surgery, police said.
The man they are seeking assaulted four women, ranging in age from 27 to 41, on or around Ontario Street near H between Oct. 4 to Tuesday in either the early morning or early evening.
The attacker is described as a medium- to dark-complexioned black man, stocky build, short haircut, late 20s to mid-30s, about 230 pounds and between 5 feet 10 and 6 feet 2. He has a mustache, a light beard or a goatee and wore eyeglasses in one incident.
Tipsters are asked to call the Special Victims Unit at 215- 685-3251 or -3252.