Man arrested on rape, robbery suspicions

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    A TCU student was victimized by a 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of committing two sexual assaults and four robberies in the west Fort Worth area, said a Fort Worth police spokesperson on Tuesday.Fort Worth police would not disclose Tuesday whether the female TCU student they say was victimized during the series of assaults was the victim of a robbery or a sexual assault.

    Tony Kennard, 21, of Fort Worth, was arrested at about 4 a.m. Monday in the 5700 block of Remington Circle near the Remington Hills apartment complex, less than a day after he sexually assaulted a woman, said Fort Worth police spokesperson Lt. Gene Jones. Police cited multiple addresses for Kennard, whom they said stayed with family and friends in the west Fort Worth area.

    Based on victims’ accounts, he said, police also suspect Kennard of a sexual assault Friday and four robberies dating back to Aug. 18 in the west Fort Worth area.

    The suspect approached women who were alone in public places with a handgun, and his face was always covered with either a ski mask or a bandana, Jones said. He said the suspect normally wore dark clothing and gloves.

    Sgt. Don Hanlon of the Fort Worth police adult sex crimes unit called Kennard a predator.

    Jones said both of the sexual assaults took place within six miles of the TCU campus.

    The crimes occurred in apartment parking lots, a business parking lot and a jogging trail, he said.

    Hanlon said Kennard has confessed to two of the robberies and both sexual assaults, although police are trying to connect him to two other robberies.

    Fort Worth police released a general description Sunday of the suspect. Police had a description of the suspect’s vehicle but did not identify Kennard until a plainclothes officer noticed him in one of the targeted areas in a vehicle connected to one of the crimes, Hanlon said.

    When officers stopped Kennard, they found a bag containing clothes matching victims’ descriptions of what the assailant wore during the crimes, as well as a handgun that also fit descriptions, Hanlon said.

    Jones said Kennard was arrested on outstanding class C misdemeanor traffic warrants.

    He is now being held on two aggravated sexual assault warrants with a $300,000 bond at the Mansfield City Jail, Jones said.

    As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, no robbery charges have been filed, he said.