Man indicted for East Columbus abduction, assault

Source: Columbus Police Department
Source: Columbus Police Department

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The man Columbus Police call a "one man crime spree" has been indicted by a Muscogee County Grand Jury on a slew of charges.

Marcus Wade's case was presented to a Grand Jury Tuesday.

Wade, 21, faces three counts of kidnapping, rape, two counts of aggravated child molestation, five counts of child molestation, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and two counts of aggravated assault.

The charges stem from his alleged crimes on January 6th, 2010 and January 7th, 2010.

On the morning of the 6th, Columbus Police say Wade exposed himself to two little girls walking to school at East Columbus Magnet Academy before he kidnapped a third child who was also walking to school.

Investigators say Wade ran up to the 12-year-old girl near Amber Drive and Cameo Court, pulled a gun on her, threatened to kill her and forced her into his car.

He started driving and that's when police say he ordered her to perform oral sex on him which she refused.

According to detectives, Wade took the girl to the bathroom at nearby Belvedere Park. They say he held a gun to her head, forced her to take off all of her clothes and tried to rape her twice before putting her back in the car and dropping her off near her school.

Investigators say they found some of the same clothes the victim said Wade was wearing at the time of the attack in his home.

When he was arrested, Wade did not make any statements to police.

In his indictment, it states Wade also robbed a man at gunpoint that same day.

The next day, on January 7th, Wade is accused of kidnapping and robbing a grandmother who had her 3-year-old grandson in the car. Police say, at gunpoint, he made the woman drive from a dollar store on Farr Road to an ATM before letting them go.

Right before that, police say he exposed himself to a woman at a nearby bus stop, chasing and fondling her and allegedly trying to rape her.

Columbus investigators say he exposed himself to other women before January and masturbated in front of them. One woman was approached in her carport on Sims Street, where Wade lives and another was walking to her pastor's house on Corbin Drive when she was pushed to the ground, according to police. Those alleged incidents are not listed in his indictment.

Detectives believe Wade started committing crimes right after he was released from prison in August of 2009. He served two years for robbery and possession of cocaine.

Wade was identified in live line ups by his victims, according to testimony during his preliminary hearing.

Marcus Wade remains an inmate in the Muscogee County Jail.

He has pleaded not guilty to his charges.

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