Teen in custody, accused of attacks on females
WORCESTER, Mass. -- A man is in custody after being accused of targeting teenage girls walking to school.
Charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping and armed robbery seemed to surprise 18-year-old Charles Monroe, who police called a predator, preying on young female students in Worcester.
“It makes you worry when you go outside. It’s dangerous to be over here,” said Jessica Velazquez, a student.
"It’s disgusting. It's really disgusting, disturbing," said one man.
Police said Monroe is behind a series of attacks over the last week. First, he followed a 17-year-old girl and robbed her of her backpack at knifepoint. Five days later he targeted a 15-year-old on her way to school. Investigators said Monroe grabbed her by the neck and cut her hand when she struggled and broke free.
“I told my mom this morning, ‘I don’t want to walk to school anymore because I’m scared.’” said Shanell Abreau, a student.
"That’s unbelievable. I mean, all these kids walk to school. You got all the teenagers walking down the street," said Kim Willett, a concerned resident.
"We noticed as each incident was occurring, his level of violence was increasing. We’re very concerned and really wanted to get the guy off the street before something really serious happened," said Sergeant Kerry Hazelhurst from the Worcester Police Department.
Then it did. Two days later detectives said Monroe used his knife once again to force a 16-year-old into a building.
“In a hallway he forced her to disrobe. He forced her to perform sexual acts and he held a knife against her and then left her behind,” said Paula Frasso, prosecutor.
Detectives were already on Monroe’s trail, and arrested him later the same day, finally connecting him to all three attacks.
Police arrested Monroe just 12 hours after his last attack.
Officials believe there could be more victims out there and are urging anyone with information to come forward.
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