A Florida man is accused of kidnapping and raping a DoorDash driver in Tampa, police say. The victim’s family located her phone and rescued her, but not before someone shot her.
Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, a DoorDash driver was making a delivery to a Residence Inn hotel in Tampa, Florida. The driver, a woman in her 20s, got out of her vehicle to make the delivery. Suddenly, a man allegedly approached her with a gun and forced her back into her car.
At gunpoint, the suspect allegedly ordered her to drive to Belara Lakes Apartments. Police say the man sexually assaulted the DoorDash driver.
While the woman was making DoorDash deliveries, she was on the phone with her girlfriend via AirPods in her ears. After hearing about the kidnapping and sexual assault over the phone, the girlfriend informed the victim’s family that she was in danger. The family contacted the police and later traced the location of the woman’s phone.
The family rescued the victim, but not before someone was shot.
The Tampa Police Department said in a statement: “The suspect responded by firing multiple times, shooting a family member of the victim’s girlfriend, a woman in her 20s, before fleeing the scene of the facts”.
Both the DoorDash driver and the shooting victim were rushed to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
On Saturday, the Tampa Police Department announced that a suspect had been arrested in the sexual assault and shooting.
Joseph Killins, 38, has been charged with armed kidnapping, robbery with a firearm, armed sexual assault and aggravated assault with a weapon.
Killins was also charged with another felony theft charge for which he was charged Wednesday.
Inside the same apartment complex where Killins allegedly raped the DoorDash driver, the suspect is accused of pushing a woman in her 40s to the ground. According to police, he punched the woman and stole her backpack.
Killins is being held at Orient Road Prison.
“This criminal is now off the streets thanks to the tireless efforts of all employees of the Tampa Police Department and the assistance provided by members of our community,” said Tampa Police Department Acting Chief Lee Bercaw. “My thoughts remain with the victims. I hope this arrest brings them a sense of comfort, knowing that he will now face justice for the crimes he chose to commit.”
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