Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:35

Two Men Convicted in 2010 Home-Invasion Attack

MEMPHIS – Apr. 14, 2015 - Two men have been convicted on multiple counts of kidnapping, robbery, burglary and rape in a 2010 home-invasion attack in southeast Memphis, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
Jarvis Sherrod, 28, and Antonio Dodson, 23, face more than 100 years in prison when they are sentenced May 14 by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
A third defendant, Lorenzo McKinney, 29, is awaiting trial.
The incident began around 11 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2010, when the men forced their way into a residence in the 1700 block of Capri near Willow Road and South Perkins.
An 18-year-old man and his mother were bound with tape, robbed and the man was beaten with a handgun and baseball bats.
The man’s teenage girlfriend was forced at gunpoint to a bathroom where was raped several times. The men then forced her to drive to a nearby ATM machine and withdraw several hundred dollars in cash.
While the two other victims remained tied up in the home, the men forced the young woman to drop them off near an apartment building on Airways.
The men were arrested two days later after they were identified in a photo lineup.
Sherrod was arrested hiding in a closet at a home in the 2400 block of Brandale where he had $470 in cash and the ID of the male victim in his pocket. Also in his possession was the man’s bloody shoes and clothes.
Officers originally had gone to the residence to serve an unrelated domestic assault warrant issued against him.
Dodson was identified by a palm print on the victim’s car and by DNA recovered from the young woman who was raped.
The jury convicted Sherrod and Dodson each of three counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
Sherrod also was convicted of aggravated sexual battery.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Eric Christensen of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Alexia Fulgham Crump of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SPU).
The SVU prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.
The SPU seeks the maximum sentence allowed by law for repeat felony offenders.