KPD Arrest a Man Suspected of Kidnapping, Rape and Assault

Police arrest a man suspected of kidnapping and rape.

47-year-old Mark Ward of Knoxville was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated attempted burglary following an incident that occurred in the 700 block of Shamrock Avenue.

Ward is accused of luring a female victim from her apartment by saying that his girlfriend needed the victim’s help in his apartment. Once the victim entered Ward’s apartment, the suspect closed the door, locked it and physically assaulted the victim. Following the rape, the Ward allegedly followed the victim to her apartment with the intent of raping the victim’s juvenile daughter. The victim was able to flee from Ward and locked the door to her apartment.
Once in custody, Ward admitted to taking part in the shooting that occurred at the Mapco on Asheville Highway on May 9, 2020, and was charged with aggravated assault.

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