Serial Rapist Suspect to Be Arraigned Today

Suspect Ron Young and a police sketch.
Suspect Ron Young and a police sketch.

The search for a suspected serial rapist in the Coastal Empire started more than a year ago, when investigators noticed similarities between rape cases. They questioned more than 200 people and yesterday they got the break they've been waiting for: evidence linking Ron Young to at least three attacks.

All of the officers we talked with were happy to have him off the streets, and one step closer to closing the case on Savannah's serial rapist.

"Ron Young is off the streets of Savannah and he will no longer be a threat to females of this county or the city any longer," said Capt. Bob Merriman of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Police say Young raped a woman on Coffee Bluff Road on June 8, 2004. Then he's accused of sexually assaulting another woman at Magnolia Garden Apartments on Magnolia Avenue off White Bluff Road.

Richmond Hill police say Young attacked a woman in their city on September 18 at Plantation Apartments. In that case, like the others, police say Young approached the victims outside their apartments, forced them to drive to a secluded spot, raped them, then drove them home.

"This is maybe just the beginning," said Capt. Merriman.

Police believe there could be half a dozen or more women he assaulted from South Carolina and Georgia. Police say without question more charges are in the works.

Young will be arraigned in court this afternoon.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter,