CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man police call the “ski-mask rapist” has returned to Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Jerry Lee Brooks, 62, raped at least three women in the Charlotte area back in 1979. On Thursday he was extradited to a Mecklenburg County jail after being arrested near Myrtle Beach last month.
CMPD’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit started looking into the case in December of last year and noticed the similarities between several cases. They sent DNA evidence to a lab for testing and were able to link Brooks to three cases.
Brooks allegedly broke into several women's homes across the region while wearing a ski-mask. Officials said they know of at least three victims and believe there may be others across the southeast.
On June 25 a Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted Brooks on 13 counts, including three counts of rape, two counts of crime against nature, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of breaking and entering, one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of burglary.
The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team tracked Brooks to Myrtle Beach and arrested him just before 4 p.m. on June 26.
Brooks was denied bond last month. He is due in a Mecklenburg County court for a hearing Friday at 1 p.m.