Man arrested for allegedly kidnapping, sexually assaulting teen

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Police have arrested a 35-year-old man after he allegedly kidnapped a teen from a local bus stop, assaulted her, and took her back to the bus stop.

According to police, a 15-year-old was abducted from a bus stop at E. Rudisill Blvd. and Smith Street on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The victim was talking to a friend on her cellphone when the man abducted her. The friend called the girl’s mother and told her that her daughter was in danger.

Officers say the suspect took her to a nearby shed and sexually assaulted her before taking her back to the bus stop.

William James Ray

Police have identified the man as 35-year-old William James Ray.  As Ray was taking the girl back to the bus stop, the girl’s mother saw the suspect holding her daughter.

The mother, Leila, yelled at the suspect, and he released the girl and fled on foot. Leila then chased the man down and told officers where he could be found.

Fort Wayne’s NBC spoke with Leila, who said she took matters into her own hands before police arrived. Ray was transported to a local hospital for treatment prior his incarceration.

Ray was charged with rape, kidnapping, criminal confinement, burglary, and sexual battery.

// Photo Credit: Leila (girl’s mother) 

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