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Family Uses Cell Phone To Track Down Florida DoorDash Driver Who Was Kidnapped, Raped While Making Delivery: Cops

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Apr. 25 2023, Updated 12:09 p.m. ET

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A man from Florida has been taken into custody and accused of committing two robberies, including one involving the abduction and sexual assault of a DoorDash delivery driver, according to authorities.

Around 11 p.m. on April 18, 38-year-old Joseph Killins reportedly forced a DoorDash driver, in her 20s, back into her vehicle as she was making a delivery at a Residence Inn in Tampa, according to the Tampa Police Department.

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Killins then forced the woman to drive to Belara Lakes Apartment, where he sexually assaulted her, police said.

According to officials, the victim had “AirPods in her ears and an open line with her girlfriend” during the attack. The girlfriend realized a robbery was occurring, so the victim’s family called police and officers were dispatched to the hotel.

Authorities said the victim’s family continued to track her via her phone and arrived at the scene to rescue her from the car.

Killins shot at the family, striking a family member of the victim’s girlfriend, and he then fled the scene, according to police.

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Both victims were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hours later, Killins allegedly threw another victim, in her early 40s, to the ground, punched her and then stole her backpack while still at the apartment complex, authorities said.

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Detectives recovered items related to the April 18 attack during their investigation and brought in Special Victims Unit investigators to interview Killins. The suspect, officials said, “disclosed details that were specific to the crimes that occurred on April 18."

Killins was arrested and charged with armed kidnapping, robbery with a firearm, armed sexual battery and aggravated battery with a weapon for the incident with the DoorDash driver and robbery for the second incident that night, police said.


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