Michigan man alleged of 34 crimes including rape, home invasion
Fourth Estate Staff
Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – A Michigan man was charged in connection with one rape but he may face more charges as he is alleged of being a serial rapist and a home invader.
Authorities said in a statement that the man, identified as Ikei Ranordo Smith, is now under investigation in at least 35 cases that started as far back as 2011. It is unclear, however, how many of the 35 cases involved sexual assaults but a person familiar with the matter claims that there are at least 12 cases related to varying degrees of sexual assaults.
Smith was arraigned last Friday regarding a rape case that occurred last year. He is being held without bond and Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said in a statement that authorities suspect that he is related to three more cases in the city and other cases throughout Detroit. Haddad added, “There were just some characteristics about the way the crimes were committed that a lot of our smart detectives came together and said, ‘Yeah, these were most likely the same.'”
A woman’s surveillance video was used by police officials in order to arrest Smith. In the video, he was seen in the woman’s yard and she found his actions suspicious. The surveillance footage was given to police last month.
For the home invasion cases, Smith reportedly picked neighborhoods that had no streetlights then got into the homes via unlocked windows and doors. The communities that Smith is a suspect in are Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster , Redford, and Taylor. The probable cause conferences for Smith’s cases will be on September 19 and 20.
Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said that she is expecting to charge Smith with more related to the other cases but she is still waiting for detectives to conclude their investigations.
He currently faces three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of first-degree home invasion. Smith reportedly admitted that he is guilty to some of the crimes.