A Florida man is accused of kidnapping and raping a DoorDash driver in Tampa, according to police. The family of the victim tracked down her phone and rescued her – but not before someone was shot.
Around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, a DoorDash driver was making a delivery at a Residence Inn hotel in Tampa, Florida. The driver, a woman in her early 20s, exited her vehicle to make the delivery. Suddenly, a man allegedly approached her with a gun and forced her to return to her car.
At gunpoint, the suspect purportedly ordered her to drive to Belara Lakes Apartments. Police say that the man then sexually battered the DoorDash driver.
While the woman was making DoorDash deliveries, she was on the phone with her girlfriend by way of AirPods in her ears. After hearing the kidnapping and the sexual assault over the phone, the girlfriend informed the victim's family that she was in danger. The family contacted the police and then tracked down the location of the woman's phone.
The family rescued the victim, but not before someone was shot.
The Tampa Police Department said in a statement, "The suspect responded by firing multiple times, with one shot striking a family member of the victim’s girlfriend, a female in her 20s, before fleeing the scene."
Both the DoorDash driver and the shooting victim were rushed to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
On Saturday, the Tampa Police Department announced that a suspect in the sexual assault and shooting had been arrested.
Joseph Killins, 38, has been charged with armed kidnapping, robbery with a firearm, armed sexual battery, and aggravated battery with a weapon.
Killins was also hit with another robbery charge for another crime he is accused of committing on Wednesday.
Inside the same apartment complex where Killins allegedly raped the DoorDash driver, the suspect is accused of pushing a woman in her early 40s to the ground. He punched the woman and stole her backpack, according to police.
Killins is being held at the Orient Road Jail.
"This criminal is now off the streets thanks to the tireless efforts of every Tampa Police Department employee and the assistance provided by members of our community," said Lee Bercaw – the interim chief of the Tampa Police Department. "My thoughts remain with the victims. I hope this arrest brings them a sense of comfort knowing that he will now face justice for the crimes he chose to commit."
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