Suspect charged in sex assaults at apartment complex

Sedric Johnson charged in attacks at Mills Apartments

HOUSTON - A man suspected in several attacks at a southwest Houston apartment complex made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Sedric Johnson, 20, did not say a word in court when the charges against him were read. He has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of aggravated robbery with bodily injury and one count of robbery.

Investigators believe Johnson attacked four women at gunpoint at the Mills Apartments near Bissonnet and Beltway 8. One woman was able to get away, but the other three were raped, detectives said.

Detectives said they used DNA from one of the rape kits to identify Johnson.

Houston police have been searching for a suspect for weeks, even releasing three separate composite sketches of the man they were looking for. 

"I know he didn't do this," said Johnson's girlfriend, who asked that she not be identified. "I'm going to fight until it's over. I know he didn't do this. He was with me the whole time. All we do is work and come home. There's no play time. He works at 6 o'clock in the morning all the way to 7 o'clock at night."

Investigators said the sexual assaults happened at 2:50 a.m. on May 20, 9:35 p.m. on May 27 and 12:30 a.m. on June 3. The alleged victims ranged in age from 19 to 43 years old.

"I think it was just a crime of opportunity," Investigator Ron Churchill said. "They were females that were alone in the parking lot or walking on their way to their apartment."

Johnson's girlfriend said she lives near the Mills Apartments and saw the posted sketches. She said she does not think the sketches match Johnson.

"The descriptions do not look like him," she said.

Residents at the apartment complex were breathing a huge sigh of relief when they heard of the arrest on Monday.

"We were really scared. I thought about moving and even got Mace for my key chain," said Katherine Smith, who lives at the complex. "It makes me really relieved. I'm happy about it."

When police began to investigate the series of crimes, they said they were looking for two suspects. 

One person was the aggressor, a second suspect acted as the look-out.  The case remains under investigation.

"I feel a lot better that they caught the guy," said Biggins. "I hope they catch the other one, too."

Johnson is being held in the Harris County jail without bond.

Johnson's criminal history includes a 2009 burglary charge and a 2011 theft charge.

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