Fake cop indicted in alleged rapes

JONESBORO — A Marietta man who police said posed as a cop to lure victims has been indicted in the alleged rapes of three men.

Andre Pearre Walker, 23, faces a 16-count indictment on charges including aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, impersonating a police officer and aggravated sexual battery.

Prosecutors allege Walker posed as a police officer to approach the men and use that as an excuse to search and assault them.

Walker is a suspect in similar cases in Atlanta and DeKalb County, said police.

Major Felony Unit detectives took DNA from Walker, which links him to other open cases in Clayton County, including the kidnapping and aggravated sodomy of a juvenile in May 2013, said police.

Walker is under indictment in DeKalb County for similar charges.

In other indictments:

• Lamara Ann McKnight was indicted for second degree child cruelty, contributing to the deprivation of a minor, Violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act, possession and use of drug-related objects and reckless conduct.

Prosecutors allege McKnight left her 6-year-old child alone Feb. 5, failed to send him to school and failed to provide him access to a phone. McKnight possessed less than an ounce of marijuana and exposed her child to drug use, said police.

• Kia Tahirah Blatch, 32, was indicted for battery under the Family Violence Act and first degree child cruelty. Prosecutors allege Blatch punched her son in the nose, causing it to bleed.

• Trevor Lyndell Howard, 22, who was charged last year with another man in a 52-count indictment, was indicted with a second man on multiple allegations of aggravated assault.

Prosecutors allege Howard and Eric Rashimere Lynch assaulted five people with guns July 13, 2013. Lynch was also indicted for allegedly lying to police about a shooting in November.

Howard was indicted last year with Darion Cortez Brownlee of Riverdale on multiple charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a convicted felon and First Offender probationer, aggravated battery, false imprisonment and theft by taking.

Brownlee, Lynch and Howard are being held in Clayton County Jail. Howard was previously locked up in state prison on unrelated charges out of Fayette and Clayton counties.

• Troy Durham Wise, 42, of Riverdale was indicted in the stabbing Feb. 2 of Dewayne Fields during an attempted armed robbery. Wise is being held in Clayton County Jail on those charges and parole violation.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections, Wise has a long criminal history which includes stints in state prison in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He was released on parole Aug. 29, 2012.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.