Norcross rape suspect detained while visiting jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Authorities found a Norcross man believed responsible for a violent kidnapping and rape in an unusual place Wednesday -- the Gwinnett County Jail.

Deivi Mauris Polanco, 31, was arrested at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on charges including rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment and aggravated stalking. Last week, Polanco was named as the suspect in an April 16 incident in which a woman was taken to a Norcross apartment and raped repeatedly.

He had eluded police during a previous foot chase, but came to them on his own volition Wednesday -- sort of, anyway. Authorities believe Polanco was visiting the Gwinnett County Jail on a separate matter when he was detained.

"It's my understanding that he showed up to the jail to witness a court hearing for an acquaintance," Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

Police believe Polanco kidnapped the victim as she was returning home from work at about 1:30 a.m. on April 16.

According to investigators, Polanco donned a mask and grabbed the woman outside her home, before forcing her into his car, binding her with duct tape and driving "for approximately 30 minutes before stopping." He then raped the victim four times inside an apartment before forcing her into another unit and tying her up tighter, police said.

The suspect reportedly left and the woman managed to remove tape from her face and mouth and "chewed through the tape and zip-ties around her hands." She got help at a nearby apartment.

Police were able to identify Polanco as the suspect and later "discovered that he was in possession of the victim's cellphone." The phone was located in Polanco's car after he abandoned it and led officers on a foot chase, ultimately eluding them.

A police spokesman last week called the incident "isolated."

Charges against Polanco also include burglary, theft by taking, hijacking of a motor vehicle, interfering with a call for emergency assistance and violation of probation. He is being held without bond.


TOWG 3 years, 3 months ago

What a colossal moron! Please keep him in jail. He is too stupid to walk among us.


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