Police have named an alleged serial rapist as a person of interest as the investigate the death of a teenager rape victim.
On Jan. 7 a man reportedly broke into a house on Detroit’s east side and proceeded to beat and rape 17-year-old Ge'Naye Washington as she slept in her bedroom.
Washington was hospitalized after the attack and died of her injuries on Jan. 12, The Detroit Free Press reports.
Police believe Washington was a victim of alleged serial rapist, 19-year-old Darian Winfield.
On Jan. 8, Winfield was arrested for a similar crime that occurred on Dec. 30, 2015, in another house located on the same street as Washington's home. He was accused of breaking into the home of a 39-year-old woman and stabbing her in the chest with a knife with the intent to rape her.
In regards to the Dec. 30 attack, he was charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, and first-degree home invasion.
Winfield is also a possible suspect for another attack against a woman from Gross Pointe, Michigan, which occurred on Dec. 13, 2015.
"In one incident we know he was armed with what appeared to be a kitchen knife,” James Craig, of the Detroit Police, said during a news conference, according to Click on Detroit. “In the most recent incident [the victim suffered] blunt force trauma. We don't know what weapon may have been used."
The 19-year-old alleged serial rapist is currently being held at the Wayne County Jail on a $1 million bond. However, additional charges are pending now that one of his alleged victims has died.
"That will be reviewed as soon as we get a report from the medical examiner's office," Sgt. Michael Woody said, according to The Detroit Free Press. "We'll continue to investigate this case. We will be looking at some other charges. It's definitely not off the table. Everything is still open."