Police call Wade a "one man crime spree"

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus Police call Marcus Wade a "one man crime spree" but he has plead "not guilty" to all the crimes he is charged with.

Police have connected the 22-year-old to two kidnappings in the city, including the abduction and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl and the kidnapping and armed robbery of a grandmother and her 3-year-old grandson.

Now, he faces public indecency and sexual battery charges after police say he exposed and touched himself in front of four different women and fondled one of them.

Wade waived his rights to a preliminary hearing in Recorder's Court Thursday on the new charges.

Detectives believe Wade has been committing crimes in Columbus since he was let out of jail in August of 2009.

They say one of the alleged indecent acts happened ten minutes before he kidnapped a woman and her grandson and at gunpoint in South Columbus and forced her to go to an ATM to take cash out before letting both go.

One of the victims wade allegedly exposed himself to spoke to News Leader 9 outside of court.

She asked us not to show her face or use her name but says she knows things could have been much worse for her.

"I do feel that I am lucky and fortunate considering what happened with the 12-year-old and other cases. I'm just praying for everyone and I hope everyone is ok. I pray for the young lady. It's tragic she had to experience something like that. I just leave it in the hands of God," she said.

Detectives say each one of the four women identified Wade in a line-up.

According to investigators, Wade has been questioned several times by authorities and so far, he has not made any statements to police on any of the cases he is charged in.

He is being held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail on his aggravated child molestation and sodomy charges stemming from the abduction and sexual assault case.

His public indecency and sexual battery charges have been bound over to State Court.

Columbus detectives say they are still investigating Wade and anticipate filing even more charges against him.

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