Houston & Peach

Rape, other charges pending against Fort Valley man

FORT VALLEY -- Rape and other charges are expected to be lodged against a Fort Valley man in connection with a series of rapes, attempted rapes and break-ins near Fort Valley State University last month.

Fort Valley Public Safety Director Lawrence Spurgeon said a news conference has been called for 2 p.m. Wednesday to outline all the charges against Darrell Ross, 25, of Fort Valley.

Spurgeon confirmed that rape is among the charges. Officials this week said Ross is their single suspect in the crimes that have set the Fort Valley community on edge for weeks.

Between April 2 and April 9, five homes were broken into, two women were raped and three struggled with a suspect before he fled. Between April 25 and April 28, Fort Valley officials investigated another rape, an attempted rape and five break-ins.

Ross was arrested about midnight Saturday after he was seen behind a Fort Valley apartment complex in the woods with a flashlight.

He was charged with criminal trespass, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm during the commission or attempt to commit a crime and prowling.

The news conference will be held at the Peach County Law Enforcement Center.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.