CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man police call the “ski-mask-rapist” is now in custody.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Jerry Lee Brooks, 62, raped at least three women in the Charlotte area back in 1979.
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. Officials said they know of at least three victims and believe there may be others across the southeast.
On Monday a Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted 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 Tuesday afternoon.
He will likely be brought back to the Mecklenburg County jail later this week.