Lt. Matt Gard
Lafayette Police Department
(765) 807-1223 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7th, 2020
Lafayette Police Arrest Rape Suspect
LAFAYETTE, INDIANA – December 7th, 2020 –
On December 3rd at approximately 9:35 pm a 22 year old female was walking in the area of S 4th St and Romig St. The victim was approached by an unknown male armed with a handgun. The victim was forced into a white 4 door Pontiac. The victim was driven to a secluded area where she fought back and was released by the suspect. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
On December 3rd at 8:30 pm a theft from a vehicle was reported to the Lafayette Police Department. The theft occurred from a vehicle parked at the North End Pub, 2100 Elmwood Ave. The victim of the theft reported that a handgun was stolen from his vehicle. During the investigation it was determined that a white 4 door Pontiac was involved in the theft.
On December 5th at 1:35 pm officers from the Lafayette Police Department observed a vehicle and driver matching the description of the suspect. The vehicle was stopped in the area of State Rd 25 W and 100 W. The suspect, Jason L Collins (42) was arrested for the following charges:
Attempted rape while armed with a deadly weapon
Confinement while armed with a deadly weapon
Kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon
Battery with a deadly weapon
Theft of a gun
Possession of methamphetamine
Anyone with information on this crime, or anyone with information on similar incidents is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200.
The fact a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.