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Man Arrested In Brookings Rapes

April 21, 2010, 4:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Man Arrested In Brookings Rapes
BROOKINGS, SD - Brookings police say the man who has been terrorizing the community is no longer a threat.

A 21-year old man is behind bars accused of kidnapping, rape and robbery.

Just before 11-o-clock Tuesday night, police arrested Chris Jones at his Brookings home.

He's accused of three attacks in as many weeks and is charged with kidnapping, five counts of rape, robbery and attempted robbery.

Now, police are glad to have Jones off the streets.

Police say Jones attacked two women on South Dakota State University's campus, and later kidnapped, raped and robbed a 24-year-old woman at knife-point.

Jones was not a student. He'd just moved to Brookings from Omaha, Nebraska in February.

"I'm not aware of any family here. He has a girlfriend here who has family here, but that's the only connection," Brookings Police Chief Jeff Miller said.

Wednesday, a dark blue Ford Explorer was parked out front of the trailer where Jones lived with his girlfriend. There'd been reports that the attacker may have been driving an older, blue, boxy van.

Jones' home on 16th Avenue is just two blocks away from the campus of South Dakota State University, where investigators say two of the attacks happened.

The most recent crimes started at Brooklawn Drive. Police say Jones kidnapped a woman outside her home in that area, which is just across the road from the sports fields for Brookings High School.

Investigators say they'd questioned Jones earlier, then he later confessed to the crimes.  Now, investigators are sorting through evidence and building their case.

"Obviously that's one of the first things we wanted to find was the knife. All that information will come out in trial," Miller said.
 
Miller says the community can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Jones is behind bars, but he doesn't want anyone to let their guard down.

"Brookings is still a small and safe community. We pride ourselves on that. These things don't happen very often, but I think it would be irresponsible for me to say you can go about your business and life as usual. It's the world that we live in," Miller said.

In court Wednesday afternoon, the judge noted that Jones doesn't have a job and has very few ties to the community. Because of that, and the nature of the allegations, he set bond at a $250,000 only.

As for his criminal history, investigators say they don't know of anything serious in Jones' past.

Warning: Details in court papers are disturbing.
Chris Jones criminal complaint

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