Who is Kevin Bennett? Indiana man, 28, wanted for raping and stalking multiple women in Philadelphia arrested
He is also suspected of attempting to kidnap a woman while she was working out in a hotel gym, pistol-whipping her
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: According to police, a man accused of raping and stalking multiple women in the Philadelphia area earlier this month was arrested in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 22.
Police confirmed to NBC10 that Bennett, 28, was arrested in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. The arrest was first reported by KYW News Radio. Bennett was taken into custody around 1:50 pm and records show he is currently being held by the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The arrest brings an end to a lengthy search for him, who was wanted on rape and other charges.
#BREAKING: @PhillyPolice say 28yo Kevin Bennett from Indianapolis, Indiana is the suspected rapist who attacked 7 women in the last few days, allegedly raping 3 of them. He is WANTED and considered armed & dangerous. @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/wfgBWsSilf— Kristen Johanson (KJ) (@KristenJohanson) May 22, 2021
Who is Kevin Bennett?
Kevin Bennett's victims were mostly employees of Philadelphia's gentlemen's clubs, as per reports by NBC10. “I’ve been in this business for 30-plus years,” John Meehan, who owns the Oasis and Cheerleaders nightclubs, said to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’ve never experienced anything like this in my career.” For now, police have not released many details about Bennett and information about his past is not readily available.
The first incident occurred at 2:45 am on May 15. A bartender was followed by a man driving a silver Dodge Charger all the way to her home in Media, Pennsylvania, after leaving Sin City, a club on the 6100 block of Passyunk Avenue. The bartender's boyfriend was at home at the time, according to police, and the driver fled the scene. A witness from the club said the Charger had no visible chassis plate.
Took women to alleyways and raped them
Bennet allegedly ordered his second victim out of her car, took her into an alleyway, and sexually assaulted her on May 16 at 5:00 am. A woman left Delilah's, a gentlemen's club on the 100 block of Spring Garden, around midnight on May 16 and drove to her home in West Norriton Township, Pennsylvania. She noticed a grey Dodge Charger following her at one point. She attempted to elude the vehicle by turning around several times before heading to a Wawa store to obtain the Charger's vehicle tag. She did notice, however, that the tag was hidden. The woman then dialed 911 and reported the incident to the West Norriton Police Department, NBC10 reported.
A few hours later, a woman was sitting in her vehicle on the 3400 block of North 11th Street at 5 am when she noticed a man exit a vehicle parked several cars ahead of her. The man approached her, brandished a silver handgun and demanded she get out of the vehicle. According to police, he then took her to an alley and raped her. He was also said to be driving a grey Dodge Charger with tinted windows, according to police.
Pretended to be an electrician
Police were called to an apartment two days later after a report of a home invasion, Fox News said. Two women told officers that a man, who police believe is Bennett, pretended to be an electrician to gain access to their apartment, then sexually assaulted them with a handgun.
Bennett was also accused of stalking five other people between May 15 and May 18, according to FOX 29 Philadelphia. "We believe he frequents these places and then he follows the girls home believing they have money," Special Victims Unit Captain Mark Burgmann told the news outlet.
Bennett is also suspected of attempting to kidnap a woman while she was working out in a hotel gym on May 18 and pistol-whipping her, according to police in Upper Merion Township. Bennett's alleged victim told NBC 10 Philadelphia that she narrowly escaped him after noticing he was following her. "I feel horrible for other victims," the victim told the local news outlet. She added that when she saw the surveillance video, she "knew it was him."