Homeless Tulsa Man Arrested For Sexual Assault

Thursday, October 19th 2017, 8:24 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police arrest a suspected serial rapist after they say he confessed to one attack and DNA could link him to another.

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Police said Jerome Adams is the man who attacked a homeless woman in June. They say he beat up, sexually assaulted, and stabbed her. 

They believe he also attacked a second woman about three months later.

"Toward the middle of September, we had an incident that mirrored that MO exactly," said Darin Ehrenrich with Tulsa Police.

Police said because the attacks were so similar, they figured they were looking for a serial rapist targeting homeless women. They had DNA from both assaults. They 
said lots of officers helped.

"Our fugitive warrants people were out, conducting all kinds of stops and interviews of people, and we also had the downtown impact group doing the same thing," Ehrenrich said.  

Ehrenrich also said police interviewed and took swabs for DNA comparisons until they got a hit. That led to the arrest of Jerome Adams for several crimes related to the September attack.

"During his interview, he did confess to the one and stated that he had committed similar acts but couldn't remember exactly when or where," said Ehrenrich.

Police believe Adams may be connected to more attacks and that there may be other victims that haven't come forward.

"We're gonna be running the DNA to make sure it’s to compare it to that other case because we believe its related," Ehrenrich said. 

He said he wants the community to know police are always there to help no matter who the victim is. 

"We're not gonna treat a case any differently we're gonna put absolutely every resource in," Ehrenrich said. 

Police said when Adams confessed to last months attack, he told them, "Out on the streets, you take what you want."