Erie Police say the public helped with the arrest of rape suspect, Jerome Keyes

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After a week of looking for a truck driver who allegedly abducted and raped a woman in Erie, police arrested 57-year-old Jerome Keyes of Ellisville, Mississippi. 

“I don’t even know what happened,” said Keyes as he was taken into custody by Erie Police officers. In a news conference on Thursday, Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny announced Keyes had been arrested.

“Keyes was taken into custody at approximately 3:30 this afternoon in Butler, Pennsylvania by members of the Erie Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive team and local authorities down there,” said Chief Spizarny. Keyes was brought back to Erie from Butler and is now being charged with rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault, plus more. 

“Nobody told me anything,” said Keyes. The truck allegedly involved in these crimes is also back in Erie to help further the investigation. Chief Spizarny also thanked the public for their tips that helped lead to Keyes’ arrest.

“We had lots of input from the public as the news broke about this story, lots of concern,” said Chief Spizarny. The chief added that he hopes Keyes’ arrest will bring some closure to the victim and her family. 

Police say that Keyes did have some connection to the Erie area and as the investigation continues more will come out about his past.  

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