MACON CO., AL (WSFA) - A Macon County man believed to be responsible for a string of attacks on women in their homes is now in custody.
Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson says the "dangerous" suspect, identified as Raymond Cox Jr., was caught with the help of several local and federal agencies.
Cox is connected to a string of crimes over the past two weeks in which four different women were sexually assaulted by a man who broke into their homes. Two of the attacks happened in Tuskegee and two happened in Auburn.
On Thursday around 5:30 a.m., Auburn police responded to a burglary that had just occurred in the 900 Block of North Donahue Drive. The resident reported that a man came into her apartment, tied her up, demanded money and took the keys to her car. He then left in her 2007 Dodge Caliber. Based on the description of the suspect as well as the manner in which the crime occurred, Cox was developed as a suspect.
The Auburn Police Division along with the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force and the Tuskegee Police Department were already actively seeking Cox who was wanted for charges in Tuskegee and was a suspect in at least two prior burglaries that occurred in Auburn -- a burglary and sexual abuse on April 25th that was reported to have occurred at a residence in the 1300 block of Commerce Drive, and a burglary reported earlier on April 30th at a residence in the 800 block of Lunsford Drive.
On Thursday morning, Cox was located by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force at a residence in Tuskegee. He was taken into custody with the assistance of Auburn Police, the Macon County Sheriff Office and Tuskegee Police. The victim's stolen vehicle was also recovered.
Sheriff Brunson declined to release specifics on the alleged assaults in Tuskegee, indicating only that the crimes took place at a home and an apartment.
"The crimes occurred in areas of the city he's familiar with," the sheriff said.
The sheriff applauded the work of the agencies involved to get the alleged predator off the streets.
"We apprehended a subject that was wanted in four sexual assaults and four home invasions," Brunson said. "Anytime you have someone assaulting females, anytime you have someone breaking into homes, you want to get them caught as quickly as possible and we did that. I would like to thank the Macon County Sheriff's Department, the Auburn Police Department, the Tuskegee Police Department and I want to give a special thanks to the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force for a job well done."
The ages of the victims were not released and it is not clear if the suspect knows them or how he chose them. Brunson called the attacks "identical" in how they played out.
Cox is being charged with robbery, kidnapping, sexual abuse, burglary second degree, theft of property first degree (auto), unlawful imprisonment, criminal surveillance and a failure to appear warrant. He is being held in the Macon County Jail. The cases remain under investigation and additional charges and arrests are possible, police said.
As news of the capture made its way across Macon County, residents applauded the work of law enforcement.
"They got him off the streets so thank you," Arthur Powell said.
"They did it fast so thank you very much," another resident added.
Others said the arrest set them at ease.
"I'm very glad he's in jail. They need to keep him there for a very long time," one man said.
"I have a younger sibling who attends Tuskegee University and I also have have another sibling and parent who are here the community as well so I'm very much happy that they were captured," a woman added.