Police: Suspect in Indianapolis rapes targeted older women

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A man charged Tuesday in a series of Indianapolis rapes allegedly targeted older women who lived alone and would spend hours assaulting them inside their homes, authorities said.

Darrell Goodlow, 37, would often blindfold and threaten to kill the women as he sexually assaulted them after breaking into their homes while posing as a utility or service worker, officials allege.

Marion County prosecutors formally charged Goodlow on Tuesday with 57 counts ranging from rape, burglary and criminal confinement to kidnapping, intimidation, battery and strangulation.

He is accused of raping eight women ranging in age from 58 to 78 on six different occasions from August 2020 to September 2021, said Deputy Chief Craig McCartt of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

“He picked a vulnerable set of victims,” McCartt said at a Tuesday news conference. “We believe he purposely did that; he did that in every one of his cases.”

Police said Goodlow posed as a utility or service worker before forcing his way into his victims’ homes. During a Feb. 13 assault, for example, a woman told police her attacker wore a utility-worker-style hard hat, clear goggles, a medical-style face mask and a traffic safety vest, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Goodlow is scheduled to appear Thursday for an initial hearing.

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