Man arrested in Fort Valley trespass being investigated in connection to sexual assaults

Darrell Ross
Darrell Ross

Fort Valley police arrested a man about midnight incident Saturday that matches the description of the suspect in April break-ins and sexual assaults.

Authorities have not charged the man with those crimes but are investigating him for them, a Fort Valley news release states.

Darrell Ross, 25, of Fort Valley was charged with criminal trespass, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of fire arm during the commission or attempt to commit a crime and prowling, the release stated.

He is being held without bond in the Peach County Jail for probation violation from a previous unrelated burglary conviction.

"The Peach County Sexual Assault task force will be investigating the possibility of pending charges for rape, burglary, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault inside the city limits of Fort Valley and unincorporated Peach County," the release stated.

Police Chief Lawrence Spurgeon declined comment outside of the news release, which was also posted to the agency's Facebook page.

Ross was arrested after police were dispatched to 211 Person Street in Fort Valley after a home owner called 911 about a man outside his window in the back yard.

The Peach County Sexual Assault task force includes the Fort Valley Police Department, Peach County Sheriff’s Department, The Georgia Bureau of Investigations, and the Fort Valley State University Campus Police Department.

Anyone with information related to these crimes is asked to contact Fort Valley police at 478-825-3384 or the Peach County Sheriff's Office at 478-825-8269.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.