How a police sketch helped cops catch a suspect rapist in Pheonix

Source: Pheonix police

Sep. 17 2021, Published 4:49 p.m. ET

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Thanks to a police sketch, a suspected rapist — who might have committed another sexual assault if not for Good Samaritans — is now behind bars.

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Phoenix police said officers responded to the canal bank area around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 13 where a woman reported she was attacked and sexually assaulted. The suspect fled the area before police arrived.

The victim worked with police to create a sketch of the suspect. Before the sketch could be released, a crime analyst compared it to recent booking photos, according to Phoenix police. Authorities determined the sketch looked like Charles Torbeck Jn Michely, police said.

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Michley was arrested on Sept. 14 after a 6 a.m. assault, according to police. That victim said a man tackled her to the ground. But two Good Samaritans intervened and held Michely down until police arrived.

He was arrested and charged with one count of assault.

Detectives also learned Michey had an ankle monitor, which put him near the canal bank area at the time of the first alleged assault, according to police. The first victim also identified Michey in a photographic lineup.

Police then added counts of attempted murder, sexual assault and kidnapping to Michely’s charges.


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