Disturbing Surveillance Video Leads To Truck Driver’s Arrest On Rape, Kidnapping Charges
Erie, Pennsylvania – Recently Transportation Nation Network reported that Erie Police were on the hunt for a truck driver they believed kidnapped and raped an Erie woman. Yesterday, after more than a week of searching, 57-year-old Jerome Keyes of Mississippi was taken into custody and arraigned on charges of rape, kidnapping, terroristic threats, indecent assault, and aggravated assault.
Erie Police along with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force took Keyes into custody around 3:30 p.m. near Butler, according to authorities. Investigators say that on October 17 Keyes abducted a woman at knifepoint at 1:30 a.m. She was walking near 7th and Parade streets when Keyes approached her.
Police say he then drove to a nearby empty parking lot and violently raped her for approximately one hour. The woman was able to escape the truck and run to a nearby resident’s house where that person took her in and called 9-1-1. Keyes fled the scene.
However, what Keyes did not count on was the fact the incident in the parking lot was caught on surveillance video.
In an effort to find Keyes, Erie Police released the disturbing surveillance footage of the attack. It is edited for time constraint purposes.
The surveillance video shows the bobtail semi, owned by Wayne W. Sell Trucking Corporation out of Sarver, Pa., and who employed Keyes, pulling into the parking lot at 1:38 a.m. The driver parked the truck. A naked woman can then be seen escaping from the truck running away as quickly as she can.
Police say two callers were able to identify the trucking company from the truck in the video. Investigators followed up with the trucking company to identify the driver and confirmed Keyes was in fact in Erie at the time of the attack.
The semi truck is in police custody and will be processed for evidence. Keyes is in Erie County Prison on $250,000 bond.
Video news report shared courtesy of yourerie.com.