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Serial rapist captured in Montgomery, man used social media to attract victims

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A man classified as a serial rapist and sexual predator is in police custody in Montgomery. Authorities say one man can be connected to at least three separate rape cases and that he used social media to lure his potential victims.

Montgomery Police have charged one man, 21-year-old Roderikus Alloway with 12 felony counts - three counts of first degree rape, four counts of first degree sodomy, one count of first degree sexual abuse, one count of first degree kidnapping, three counts of first degree burglary and additional probation violations.

Investigators say Alloway is responsible for at least three separate rape cases within the Montgomery city limits. Alloway would use social networking sites to befriend his eventual victims before luring them to a private place.

"We want people to be mindful of the information that you are posting on social networks as well as meeting individuals/strangers from the social networks," said Sgt. S.A. Tolliver with the Montgomery Special Victims Unit. "No one deserves to be raped. But, you have precautions you need to take with social network sites."

Authorities say all of the crimes occurred within the same geographic area of the city but due to the ongoing investigation, police can't be any more specific. Tolliver added that investigators believe there may be at least two additional victims in the same area and they ask that any additional victims please step forward. Police anticipate additional charges against Alloway.

"Most people wouldn't think of getting in a car with someone they didn't know, or going off somewhere with [a stranger]," said Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy. "I think what social media does is cloud that judgment to a certain degree. People say 'I know this person' when...you really don't. They could be pretending to be someone they're not."

Alloway was arrested on Saturday, April 14. MPD has been working since then to build a case against him. Investigators believe the first rape took place in February of this year - they say Alloway waited for almost a month before carrying out his second attack.

Alloway is currently being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on bonds totaling $675,000, however, due to his previous arrest record, his probation has been revoked.

 

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