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vorlos
04-20-2012, 12:49 PM
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/04/19/nj-man-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-women-after-targeting-couples-at-motels/

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Rashad Powell NJ Department Of Corrections

ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities have arrested a New Jersey man accused of targeting couples headed to motels and forcing them to have sex before sexually assaulting the female victim himself.

Union County prosecutors said Rasheed Powell, 36, targeted couples at motels in Linden and Elizabeth on weekend nights over a period of six-weeks.

Powell would force his way into the room at gunpoint where he would force the couple to engage in sexual acts and then order the male into a bathroom before sexually assaulting the female victim, according to First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr.

The assaults took place at the Swan Motel and Benedict Motel in Linden as well as the Spring Lane Motel and the Royal Motel in Elizabeth, Cernadas Jr. said.

Powell has been charged with:

•10 counts of 1st degree aggravated sexual assault
•10 counts of 1st degree aggravated sexual assault
•2 counts of 1st degree attempted aggravated sexual assault
•12 counts of 1st degree robbery
•6 counts of 2nd degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose

Investigators said they knew of at least six occasions, including two attacks last week, when the incidents happened.

“Powell is clearly a sexual predator who acted quickly and viciously,” Cernadas Jr. said. “The efficient cooperation of several law enforcement agencies was able to connect the dots between the crimes and efficiently worked towards identifying the suspect and coordinating his arrest.”

At the time of at least two of the assaults Powell was driving a white Acura MDX with Pennsylvania license plates, registered to an address in Easton, authorities said. He was arrested while at the Springfield Municipal Court where he was responding to a traffic summons.

This investigation remains active and anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives Jim DiOrio and Benny Carvalho at the Elizabeth Police Department or Det. Patricia Gusmano of the Prosecutor’s Office at 908-527-4589.

Powell is currently in custody on $3 million bail.

The Bobster
03-08-2018, 07:26 AM
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Rasheed-Powell-Couples-Sex-Gunpoint-New-Jersey-Hotel-Convicted-476220253.html

New Jersey Man Convicted of Forcing Couples to Have Sex at Gunpoint
Prosecutors are aware of at least six such attacks at four different motels.
Published 2 hours ago

A man accused of targeting couples at New Jersey motels and forcing them to have sex at gunpoint before he robbed them has been convicted on numerous counts.

Union County prosecutors say Rasheed Powell faces a possible life term when he's sentenced May 4. The 42-year-old Elizabeth man was convicted Friday on 60 counts, including aggravated sexual assault and robbery charges.

Prosecutors say the assaults occurred during a two-month period in 2012 at motels in Linden and Elizabeth.

They say Powell stalked couples as they entered their rooms, then forced his way inside and made them perform sexual acts on each other. He then locked the men up in the bathroom and sexually assault the women.

Authorities used DNA to identify Powell as a suspect. He was arrested when he made a municipal court appearance for an unrelated motor vehicle citation.