Jury convicts man in kidnapping, rape of girl

Crime

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A man charged with kidnapping a girl from a bus stop and raping her last November has been found guilty.

An Allen Superior Court jury on Thursday found 36-year-old William J. Ray guilty on all counts – Rape, Kidnapping, Criminal Confinement, Burglary, Sexual Battery and Being a Habitual Offender.

In details shared with WANE 15 at the time, police reported a 15-year-old girl was taken from the bus stop near East Rudisill Boulevard and Smith Street around 8 a.m. Nov. 29, 2018. She was taken to a nearby shed and sexually assaulted, police said.

The victim was apparently talking to a friend on her cell phone when the abduction happened. The friend then called the victim’s mom, who then rushed to the bus stop after the assualt and said she saw Ray holding her daughter.

According to police, Ray then ran from the scene, but the mother was able to chase him and give his location to police, who made the arrest. Ray was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The woman claiming to be the victim’s mother posted several videos on Facebook updating people on the kidnapping.

“He’s going to jail and he deserves to die. He’s going to jail,” the woman said in the video.

Ray will be sentenced Nov. 8.

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