WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - Following an in-depth 10-month investigation, a Waynesboro man is behind bars and facing multiple felony counts involving burglary and sexual assault-rape.
On Thursday, Waynesboro Police Department officers took Mark Pittman, 54 of Waynesboro into custody and transported him to the Wayne County Detention Center.
During the investigation, Waynesboro CID Commander Don Hopkins looked into three burglary/rapes of elderly citizens that occurred in Waynesboro over the past year and a half, according to a news release.
Hopkins charged Pittman with residential burglary and attempted sexual assault for a previous incident. Pittman was also charged with two additional counts of residential burglary and two other counts of sexual assault-rape of a vulnerable adult.
Pittman made his initial appearance before Judge Charles Chapman on Thursday.
His bond has been set at $50,000 each on the new burglary charges, $350,000 on the 2014 sexual assault-rape and $250,000 on the July 2015 sexual assault rape, according to a news release.
The following incidents are tied to the charges Pittman received Thursday:
On June 14, 2014, Pittman forced entry into the home of a 76-year-old Waynesboro homeowner and sexually assaulted her. He then held her hostage in her own home for about three hours before the suspect left. The victim said Pittman was armed and threatened to kill her the entire time, according to the news release.
On July 29, 2015, Pittman broke into the backside of a home and sexually assaulted a 71-year-old homeowner and held her hostages in her own home for about five hours before the suspect left. The victim also said the man was armed and threatened to kill her time entire time she was held, according to the news release.
On Aug. 27, 2015, Pittman broke into a home very close in proximity to the first incident in 2014. Pittman forced entry into the backside of the home and the 72-year-old homeowner awoke because of the noise and managed to escape from her home. She notified neighbors who then called the police.
Pittman was arrested hiding inside the homeowner's bedroom partially clothed and armed with a weapon.
According to the news release, evidence from the three crimes has positively connected Pittman to the three crimes. And based on information obtained from the victims, their descriptions of the suspect matched Pittman.
Laundry list of charges
Pittman is a registered sex offender in Waynesboro. He was convicted of commercial burglary in October 2015 and indicted in July 2015 on a January 2015 residential burglary.
Pittman now faces indictment on each of the six charges and will be presented to the Wayne County Grand Jury on Jan. 8, 2016.