DANVILLE — Police are dismissing a myriad of rumors spreading in the wake of last week’s rape on the city’s east side.
Investigations continue in the sexual assault of a Danville woman near the intersection of English Street and Fowler Avenue during the morning hours of Sept. 10. No arrests have been made as of Monday afternoon.
Danville police released the name of the suspect late Monday afternoon, identifying him as 26-year-old Darrin Mitchell of Riverdale. A warrant charging him with aggravated criminal sexual assault has been obtained with bond set at $200,000. A second warrant for attempted criminal sexual assault also was issued with bond set at $100,000.
Mitchell is described as a male black, 26, 6’2”, 156 pounds with a slight hunch in the back.
Since the crime, a number of reports — including additional victims as young as 7 years old and as old as in their 70s — have been rumored. Supposed photos of the suspect also have spread across Facebook.
Danville Police Deputy Director Doug Miller dismissed all of them. He said police have no reports of any other sexual assaults involving the suspect in the Sept. 10 rape.
The inaccurate information, according to Danville Department of Public Safety Director Larry Thomason, “has negative effects. Resources are heavily taxed under those conditions as well as putting some people at risk based on unsubstantiated postings.”
At the time of the attack, the suspect was wearing a white tank top and red shorts. His hair was in dreadlocks.
Police said last week that the 22-year-old Danville woman was on her way to the bus stop around 6 a.m. Tuesday when the attack and sexual assault took place. She was walking past a fence line at the southwest corner of Green Meadows Apartments when she was approached by a black male.
The man pointed a gun at her and told her not to make any noise before forcing into the wooded areas along the fence line where she was assaulted.
According to police, the assault was actually the second encounter this man had with a woman Tuesday morning. Just 15 minutes prior, a 26-year-old woman reported she was walking in the 1600 block of Beechwood Drive, just down the street from where the attack on the 22-year-old woman took place.
The 26-year-old woman said a man with the same description grabbed her from behind and pushed her up against a tree on the north side of Beechwood Drive.
He began making several comments to her when a vehicle pulled up. The woman was able to get away from the suspect, who then fled from the scene.