Guilty plea given in Roseland motel rape case
Crime happened six years ago
A six-year-old rape case got a guilty plea this week. Why did it take so long? The accused had been in custody in Illinois on an unrelated crime and was recently brought to Indiana to face these charges. (WSBT-TV File Photo / July 10, 2012)
On Tuesday, Mwamba Ruffin, now 35, pleaded guilty to committing two separate rapes that occurred just hours apart in July 2006, one at the Days Inn in Roseland, and one at a women’s home in Clay Township. In total, Ruffin pleaded guilty to six felonies, including two counts each of rape, deviant conduct and robbery. Two other counts of robbery were dismissed.
Ruffin, who had no ties to the area and was reportedly in Roseland on business, was charged with the crimes in September 2006 with the help of DNA evidence.
Prior to Ruffin being charged, police had initially charged a different man, who had been found breaking into homes in the area.
Tuesday’s guilty plea took years to reach, because Ruffin has been in custody for an unrelated crime in Illinois, and was only recently transported to Indiana to face charges.
According to initial charging affidavits, Ruffin broke through the sliding glass door of a Clay Township home and assaulted a woman after he had knocked on the front door asking for help.
In the hotel incident, Ruffin reportedly posed as a hotel maintenance man to enter a woman’s room, where he then assaulted her.
The hotel incident is believed to have taken place about an hour before the assault in the Clay Township home.
Sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 9.
Staff writer Dave Stephens: