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Editor’s Note: The following story contains details that could be triggers for victims of sexual assault.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis man faces dozens of felony charges after being accused of raping eight women since 2020. Police believe there may be more victims.

Formal charges have been filed against Darrell Goodlow, 37. Goodlow’s the arrest was announced last Friday by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He had been wanted for the rape of eight victims in six localities since August 2020.

Investigators say Goodlow’s victims were between 60 and 78 years old.

In some cases, he posed as a utility worker to enter. Some victims saw their lives threatened.

Ultimately, police said a fingerprint left on a fan on the floor led to Goodlow’s arrest.

“He attacked some of our most vulnerable. They were, as we have heard, grandmothers, mothers, our neighbors, our friends, ”said Paul Holdeman, deputy special agent in charge of the FBI.

Goodlow faces 22 counts of rape, six counts of burglary, three counts of kidnapping, 11 counts of forcible confinement, four counts of sexual violence, four counts of strangulation, four counts of beatings, three counts of intimidation and one count animal murder.

“I want to salute the incredible bravery and courage that each of these survivors demonstrated in coming forward and reporting these attacks. Our thoughts are with them, and we hope and pray, now that their attacker is behind bars, these survivors can focus on healing and moving forward, ”said Randal Taylor, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. ‘Indianapolis.

Victim assaulted as she left for a grocery store

Investigators say Goodlow’s first victim was held at knife threat and raped on August 1, 2020. The victim, 60, said she was preparing to leave her home to go to the grocery store . When she turned to grab her purse, her attacker pulled on a storm door hard enough to break the lock and entered her home.

She said she put a knife to her face, then dragged her by the throat into a bedroom.

She said her attacker repeatedly asked her for money before raping her.

She did not see his face because his glasses were knocked over in a fight.

She said he placed several towels on her head.

3 sisters raped in 1 residence

Two months later, investigators say Goodlow struck again.

On October 1, 2020, three sisters said they were tied up and raped by a man. The victims were between 67 and 74 years old. Police arrived and found the back door open.

One victim said his legs were tied with a shirt.

Another was tied up with a telephone cord and a nightgown.

All three feared for their lives.

“I’ll kill you if you call the police,” Goodlow is accused of saying.

The women said he would move between them, raping each of them repeatedly.

A dog in a garage was also killed. An autopsy report indicates that the dog died of blunt trauma.

The suspect poses as an IPL worker

Laurent’s police department became involved in the investigation on February 13.

When a police officer arrived, the 78-year-old victim was afraid to open the door.

She said her attacker knocked on her door in the afternoon, claiming he was an Indianapolis Power & Light employee and needed to check something inside the house. She closes the door and tells him no.

Court documents describe his attire as a dark hoodie, green construction helmet, clear goggles / goggles, and a medical-style COVID-19 mask. She said he didn’t have an IPL badge.

She said he returned a few minutes later. When she opened the storm door to talk to him, she says he broke in.

Goodlow is accused of strangling her and saying ‘he would knock her out if she didn’t’ shut her up ‘, according to court documents.

She said he blindfolded her with a red bandana.

IMPD Sends Community Warning

Another woman, 69, was raped on June 7.

She said that when she opened the door that evening, she thought her attacker was a tree pruner because of the bandana around her face and the tools he had.

She said he knocked on her door and then forced himself in after she went to get her hearing aids.

She said she had been victimized several times over the course of the seven hours.

Her attacker kept covering her eyes and mouth.

She says he told her on several occasions that he was about to leave, but that he would return afterwards.

“She waited twenty minutes in silence in her room before calling the police to make sure he was gone,” court documents say.

When a DNA profile came back from a criminal lab investigation, investigators discovered the same suspect was linked to three previous cases.

IMPD then warned the public that a serial sex abuser was targeting women in Indianapolis and Lawrence.

“I think there will be some evidence that ties him to all of this, and I think when we finally get him, I think that will be the thing that gets him doomed,” Taylor said at the time.

‘I could break your neck’

Goodlow’s next alleged victim, a 65-year-old woman, said her attacker was armed with a kitchen knife when he broke into her home on June 28. She said he told her she had to sign papers and be pulled off the woods. backyard.

She said he placed several masks on his face and then put duct tape or wrapping tape around the masks.

She said she was repeatedly raped for at least 12 hours.

She said her abuser told her “I could break your neck” and “I could choke you”.

“We have people everywhere, if you go to the police, we will kill you,” he is also accused of having said.

The DNA recovered in this case again corresponds to the previous cases.

In September, she contacted the police again. She asked if police were investigating Goodlow, who lived nearby. She told police that he matched the description and that he texted her from her mother’s phone three years ago.

Fingerprint leads police to suspect

Police investigated an eighth case on September 8.

A 66-year-old woman said she slept on her sofa between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.

She woke up to a man grabbing her hair and pulling her off the couch.

She said she was raped several times in her bedroom. She said her attacker was wearing either a t-shirt, towel or some other type of fabric.

During the attack, a fan was moved from the living room to the bedroom. A fingerprint on the fan matched Goodlow’s, police said.

Court documents indicate that this victim lived near Goodlow and knew his mother.

A warrant for a Goodlow mouth swab was issued on September 14 and this warrant was served two days later.

Criminal lab analysis linked Goodlow to all cases, investigators said.

The IMPD is not releasing its mugshot at this time, citing the potential for more casualties and the need to avoid tampering with “any potential identification,” according to an IMPD representative.

Goodlow is due in court at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to jail records online.

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