Police shoot rape suspect in Maya Center, was excessive force used? Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

On Saturday August 12, 2017, a 19-years-old female, reported to police that sometime around 4:30 p.m. that same day she caught a ride on a motorcycle with a male person unknown to her to get from Hopkins Village to the junction of the Southern Highway. Upon reaching the junction, the driver did not stop. He proceeded towards Maya Center Village.

She stated that the man drove past Maya Center and between miles 18 and 19, he took her into a feeder road and raped her. During the ordeal, she observed a tattoo on the assailant.

She managed to escape to the highway where a passerby assisted her to the Santa Cruz police station. With the assistance of the police, they returned to the area where the man was identified to the police. He was ordered to stop but he drove off. Police fired a single shot which hit him on the left foot and disabled the cycle.

He was identified as 19-year-old Andy Pop of Maya Center. He matched the description relayed to the police. He was escorted to the Southern Regional Hospital and investigations continue. The incident is also being investigated to determine whether or not justifiable force was used to apprehend the attacker.

Pop has since been charged with rape and will be arraigned on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.