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Police Expand Investigation Into Accused Serial Rapist

Posted at 6:07 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 23:53:09-05

Police have expanded their investigation into a man they're calling a serial rapist in Murfreesboro.

Officials said an 85-year-old woman was among those he targeted, but top prosecutor said the list of victims could grow.

Chriteris Allen, who is 18 years old, was linked by DNA to one sexual assault here in Murfreesboro and he's given a statement implicating himself. Yet, Rutherford County's top prosecutor said the case is far from closed. 

"Mr. Allen was charged with a very serious crime and it is something we obviously take exceptionally seriously," said District Attorney Jennings Jones.

General Jones will be prosecuting a teenager - a teen who others close to the case call an alleged serial rapist.

Allen was arrested in early December and was charged with raping an 85-year-old woman at her Murfreesboro home on November 14.

He's also linked to two other rapes that same month in Jackson, Tennessee.

"I received a contact from the D.A. in Jackson. He made sure I knew he was in custody so we could get detectives there to talk to Mr. Allen," said Jones.

The two Murfreesboro detectives are the ones who broke the case by recognizing the amazing similarities between the TBI composite sketches from the victim here and in Jackson.

The suspect Allen has family in both locations and did not previously know any of the victims.

Jennings would not comment about the continuing investigation, but others close to the case told NewsChannel 5 that Allen is now a possible suspect in other rapes.

"If there are other unsolved crimes of this nature we look into it to see if there is a connection," said Jones.

Allen has remained behind bars on a half-million dollar bond. He is expected to be brought back to Rutherford County sometime early in the new year for a preliminary hearing on the charges against him.

Investigators asked that anyone who may have information about other potential sexual assaults involving Adams contact Murfreesboro police.