Suspected Serial Killer Charged In 2000 Sexual Assault

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DETROIT, MI – On April 19, 2018, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged James Matthews, 65-years-old, of Bronx, New York, in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Detroit in 2000.Police Line

Mathews was a resident of Detroit when the crime occurred. On July 12, 2000 at 6:30 a.m. Matthews told a 50-year-old female acquaintance that he wanted her to come to his house in the 15000 block of Dolphin to talk. Once inside it is alleged that Matthews became violent and sexually assaulted the woman while armed with a knife. After the assault he restrained the victim and left the room. While he was in another part of the house the victim was able to escape and call 911. Matthews was arrested at the scene, and the victim was taken to a local hospital.

In 2000 a warrant request was sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, the victim was unable to appear for the required interview, and the case was later closed. In January 2018 new forensic evidence was developed, and the victim was contacted and interviewed. As a result WCPO, on April 19, 2018, a not in custody warrant for Matthews for two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree was charged while he was residing in New York State.*

Matthews was arrested by New York law enforcement authorities on April 19, 2018 and refused to waive extradition in New York. On July 23, 2018 Matthews was arraigned on the Governor’s Warrant in New York and on August 6, 2018. On the same day after the extradition hearings concluded Mathews left New York State and was transported to Michigan on August 12, 2018. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in 36th District Court.

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