The investigation was entrusted to the gendarmes of the Poitiers research section (Illustration -

E. Frisullo / 20 Minutes

  • Sunday noon in Villiers, in Vienne, a 9-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped by a man driving a Citroën C3.

  • Investigators discovered that this car had been reported stolen by a septuagenarian, also raped two days earlier.

  • A suspect was arrested Monday evening and taken into police custody.

    Aged 31, he has already been sentenced 18 times by the courts.

The facts, reported by the prosecutor of the Republic of Poitiers during a press conference, are cold in the back.

Sunday, at lunchtime, the driver of a Citroën C3 approaches a 9-year-old girl who was going to buy bread in Villiers, in Vienne.

Suddenly, he grabs her and throws her in the trunk of his vehicle.

He drives one or two kilometers and stops in the middle of a field.

Out of sight, he rapes and hits the child, who is struggling.

The man then fled and abandoned the young victim on the spot.

“Shocked and traumatized”, she returned to the village of 900 souls on foot, before being transported to the Poitiers University Hospital for treatment, explains Michel Garrandaux.

Alerted, the authorities triggered the Sparrowhawk plan and significant resources were deployed to find this man whose young girl gave "a precise description", continues the magistrate.

Investigators from the research section of the gendarmerie, in charge of the investigations, subsequently learned that the vehicle used by the perpetrator of this attack was declared stolen two days earlier.

It belongs to a 73-year-old woman, living in Maine-et-Loire, who was raped by a man whose description strangely matches the rapist described by the girl.

Sentenced 18 times

But that's not all.

They discover that on Sunday morning, an hour before the kidnapping of the little girl, this individual also tried to force a jogger into his car.

In vain.

The police will then do their utmost to find the vehicle.

Finally, his run ends Monday evening, when the Citroën is spotted by a police patrol in Saumur.

The driver refuses to stop, a chase then begins in the streets of the city.

But the fugitive will not go very far.

Arrested, he was taken into custody, as was his passenger, a 27-year-old man who, according to the public prosecutor, has "no direct link" with these cases.

On the other hand, the driver “corresponds in every way” to the suspect described by the three victims, continues Michel Garrandaux.

He is a 31-year-old man, with a very heavy criminal record: in the past, he was convicted 18 times, in particular for acts of "domestic violence, drug trafficking, theft", but also for a manslaughter.

The magistrate stresses that he is implicated in another case concerning "facts of a sexual nature within the family" and indicates that an investigation is underway.

DNA analyzes in progress

Tuesday evening, the suspect had not yet been heard by the investigators of the gendarmerie, who are continuing their investigations.

DNA traces were taken from the victims and analyzes, the results of which were not yet known, were carried out.

An examining magistrate from Angers will be seized soon in order to shed light on these two sordid cases.


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