LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- LMPD Sex Crimes Detectives are crediting the survivors of the U of L sexual assaults with helping to solve the case. The lead detective announced Thursday that the department made the third, and final arrest in the case on Wednesday.
“I’ve been doing sex crimes a long time. This has to be the hardest two weeks I’ve ever spent,” Sex Crime Detective Anne Cohen said.
She said it was two weeks of sleepless nights and countless hours at the office that went into the three arrests.
“After the third one was taken to JCYC, I fell down. Just relief, it’s not me. It’s for them [the victims] because now I know they can go to bed at night and sleep and not be looking over their shoulders and wondering is this the guy, is this the guy?” Cohen said.
The suspects are teenagers. They include a 16 and 17-year-old and 18-year-old Dezmeont Ali Lamont Tinsley.
According to police the 16-year-old suspect was involved in both of the incidents, which happened in Old Louisville, near U of L's campus. The first targeted a woman near her home, the second was a U of L student a few blocks away, according to police.
Detective Cohen said the two women have nothing in common except one of the people who attacked them and how they helped the solve the crimes.
She said, “These are two very, very brave women that I give a lot of kudos to. They are pillars of strength. Again, without them and everything we’ve asked them to do, we would not be where we’re at today with these three arrests.”
Cohen said it was the details these women were able to provide about what happened to them, where it happened and how it happened that made the arrests possible.
“They’ve done everything to bring this closure for themselves,” Cohen said.
It was closure for the women the detectives calls survivors and closure for the detective, who said through tears this investigation is one she will never forget.
“Sometimes, some cases just stick with you. They hit you hard. These hit me hard. They just did,” Cohen said.
Each of the suspects are facing multiple charges including sodomy, kidnapping and robbery.