LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette police have arrested a man they believe was involved in an attempted rape and gun theft. 42-year-old Jason Collins was arrested Friday, December 5 for the following charges:
- Attempted rape while armed with a deadly weapon
- Confinement while armed with a deadly weapon
- Kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon
- Criminal recklessness
- Battery with a deadly weapon
- Theft of a gun
- Possession of methamphetamine
According to police, on December 3 a 22-year-old woman was walking in the area of South 4th Street and Romig Street, when the suspect, armed with a handgun, forced her into a white 4-door Pontiac. The victim was driven to a secluded area
where she fought back and was released by the suspect.
Earlier on the same day police responded to a report of a firearm stolen from a vehicle. During the investigation, police determined a white 4-door Pontiac was involved in the theft.
On December 5, LPD observed a vehicle and driver matching the description of the suspect. The car was stopped and Collins was taken into custody.
Anyone with information on this crime or anyone with information on similar incidents is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200.