Houston & Peach

Fort Valley man accused of rapes appears in court

FORT VALLEY -- A man charged with three rapes and additional crimes related to a string a sexual assaults and burglaries near Fort Valley State University last month appeared in court Friday.

Darrell Aundray Ross, 28, of Fort Valley, also was charged with aggravated sexual battery and home invasion in a Jan. 31 attack on St. Luke’s Lane.

Ross appeared briefly before Magistrate Judge Larry Lee in a small courtroom of the Peach County Law Enforcement Center.

Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, Ross told the judge that he needed a court-appointed attorney and would like to have a preliminary hearing on the charges.

He also said his family may be able to provide him with an attorney.

Lee explained the charges against Ross and bound his case over to Superior Court. The charges are:

Rape, home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated assault -- April 2 on Mollette Street;

Rape, home invasion and false imprisonment -- April 5 on Vandaway Street;

Attempted rape, home invasion and aggravated assault -- April 8 on Rayfield Wright Street;

Home invasion, kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted rape -- April 26 on Julius Simmons Avenue; and

Rape, home invasion and false imprisonment -- April 28 on Spencer Street.

Authorities have said they are confident Ross is the alleged serial rapist who has put the Fort Valley community on edge.

He was arrested about midnight May 16 after he was seen in the woods with a flashlight behind a Fort Valley apartment complex.

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

He is being held without bond at the Peach County jail.