Man accused in rapes of women he met online




Criminal charges filed against a Gulfport man allege he raped two women he met on the Internet and stole third woman’s car.

Police Sgt. Chris Ryle said Steven Wayne Crocker, 21, was under investigation on the first rape complaint when another woman reported a rape two months later. Crocker met both through an online dating service, Ryle said.

Police arrested Crocker on Wednesday after a third woman reported Crocker stole her car, leaving her stranded at a Biloxi casino.

He is charged with two counts of rape and one count of auto theft. Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set bonds at $250,000. Crocker was held at the Harrison County jail.

Crocker is accused of forcing the women to have sex at his home in the 900 block of Courthouse Road. Detectives said they also found the stolen car at Crocker’s home.

Ryle said a 22-year-old woman from Long Beach reported the first rape Jan. 31. A 19-year-old Biloxi resident reported the second rape March 20.

“In sexual battery and rape cases, it involves working with medical personnel, the victims, victim advocates and others,” Ryle said. “We don’t just take a person’s word for it. We conduct a thorough investigation before we go before a judge for a warrant.”

Detectives believe Crocker was on a date at a casino with a 53-year-old woman Sunday when he disappeared with her car. Ryle said the woman claimed they were at a casino when he stole her keys from her purse and took her car without permission.

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