Police in Battle Creek say one man is responsible for rape, assault, kidnapping and more over a five hour span.Lt. Todd Madsen of the Battle Creek Police says that it took ten to twelve officers and two detectives, essentially the whole of the department's night shift, to bring Tyron Luster in.
Tyrone Luster, a registered sex offender, is now facing eleven charges, and possibly more, after an alleged rampage through the streets of Battle Creek.
Luster could be facing charges stemming from a laundry list of incidents that took place across the city.
“He's a one man crime spree,” said Lt. Madsen, “it's clearly evident he doesn't care about anybody or anything, the rules of society do not apply to him.” Lt. Madsen says Thursday was a night like no other, tracking a man with zero respect for the law. Luster is now facing accusations of felony assault, rape, kidnapping, weapons charges, and running from police in two different cars and on foot.“We're going to do our best,” said Lt. Madsen. “I think we're going to end up with a total of maybe eleven or twelve felony counts against him, plus habitual offender and other things. Hopefully we can make it so this guy doesn't see the light of day.”
Police say Luster's night of mayhem started at the intersection of Wabash and Emmett, when he was pulled over.
Police say Luster threw away a gun, struggled with an officer, and then got back in his car and tried to run the officer down.
That led to a high-speed chase that ended in a crash at Emmett and East Avenue. Police say Luster crashed into a retaining wall just after midnight.
“They had a chase with him, then an accident,” said Lt. Madsen, “but he was able to cut through several fences and get away at that time.”
Then, around 5:40 am, police came to a home on East Willard Avenue to investigate a home invasion. There a female victim said someone got into her home, sexually assaulted her before stealing her car, and forcing her to come along.
The victim there was able to get away. Police allege that Tyrone Luster was behind that attack as well.
“It wasn't a matter of him just needing to get away, this guy is just opportunistic, he found an easy way to get into this house and you know he's going to do what he wants to do,” said Lt. Madsen. “He is very savvy, in police techniques and evidence and things like that, it's almost scary the thought process this guy has.”
Police say the female victim was able to jump from her car while Luster drove down the street, and he continued without her.
A short time later, officers spotted him and attempted to pull him over. That led to a second high-speed chase that ended when Luster crashed into a fence at the corner of Elm and Cliff. That crash woke up James Dickerson Jr. around 6:15 am.
“It was just so noisy,” said Dickerson, “someone putting on brakes, immediately, high-speed, you hear noise, skidding, after you hear the skid you hear the crash, after hearing the crash, that's what caused me to get up and come out the door.”
“It was a bad situation,” said Lt. Madsen, “luckily it was early enough when there wasn't much traffic, because the guy was driving with reckless abandon.”
Luster, who was released from parole in April, could be facing eleven charges, and maybe more.
Lt. Madsen did question why a twice-convicted sex offender could be allowed on the streets without supervision. “It's very disheartening,” said Lt. Madsen, “this guy's a violent offender. He's been in prison for years, and then now he's out and we're dealing with him again.”After his second crash Luster took off on foot, but was caught by a number of officers.
Luster is being held in the Calhoun County Jail.
"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
"On average most sex offenders are never caught again for a new sex offense, after five years, between 10 and 15 percent of sex offenders are detected, often convicted, of committing a new sex offense. If you follow them for ten years the rates go up somewhat, if you follow them as long as we’ve been able to follow them, which is about 20 years, the rates go up to somewhere between 30 to 40 percent of the total sample will eventually be caught for a new sex offense."Dr. R. Karl Hansen