Assault, rape in Fresno caught on camera

Micah Collins booking photo courtesy of Fresno PD

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer held a news conference on Tuesday to describe a violent attack in Fresno that was all recorded by a surveillance camera.

The assault happened behind a business on E Shields Ave. early Sunday morning.

When police went to the location they found the woman bloody and naked from the waist down, underneath some cardboard.

Chief Dyer said the woman in her 50s recently met the man who assaulted her and lured her into the alley by taking her backpack.

Once they were behind the building, the man punched her in the face and started to violently sexually assault her.

Chief Dyer said the man would occasionally stop and punched her in the face again, keeping her in a semi-conscious state.

“When he completed the act, to demonstrate what a sick individual this is, he reached down, picked up her underwear and whiped his genitals,” Chief Dyer said. “And then reached down while she was lying on the ground and whiped her face with those underwear.”

The man then dragged the woman by the ankles about 20 feet where he placed her in the corner of the business where he hit her in the face again and kicked her in the stomach.

He then covered her with cardboard and left the area.

The woman stayed on the ground for the next 2-hours unable to get up or even get dressed.

She was found around 8:00 a.m. and police were notified.

Chief Dyer said the victim is in stable condition but has multiple facial fractures.

He went on to talk about the victim who he said has lived on the streets for about four years.

Dyer said she did not fit the typical homeless profile and holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

She had a good career and a great job but fell on hard times after losing a family member about four years ago.

Detectives are processing evidence collected at the scene and from the victim as well as from the surveillance video.

The detectives also started talking to homeless people in the area and were able to identify the woman and the suspect, 24-year-old Micah Collins.

Collins was brought in and admitted to hitting the woman and having sex with her.

He said he hit her because she disrespected him.

Detectives asked Collins if he was sorry and he told them he was not and “wanted to put a baby in her.”

During the interview, Collins also provided information about a possible murder he was involved in recently.

Collins was booked into the Fresno County Jail for two counts of rape and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon as well as other violent felony charges.

Collins is new to the Fresno area after moving from Bakersfield, where he had numerous run-ins with the law.

Kern County court records show more than a dozen cases for Collins ranging from 2012 to last year. He’s been convicted in Kern County of battery, vandalism, burglary, threatening with the intent to terrorize and drug possession.

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