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Investigators: Woman kidnapped, raped along Wayne County road

Posted March 16, 2011

— Wayne County investigators say that a woman was kidnapped and raped by a stranded motorist she stopped to help early Monday.

Sgt. Keith Hartzog said the 29-year-old woman was driving home from work around 2:30 a.m. when she came upon a car with its flashers on in the middle of the road near U.S. Highway 111 South and Bill Lane Boulevard in Elroy.

Concerned that someone was stranded, she stopped, helped the driver move the vehicle to the shoulder of the road and offered him a ride.

Hertzog said that once in her car, the man – identified as Bobby Ray Grady, 36 – pulled out a knife, placed it against the woman's neck and ordered her to stop along another rural road. He raped her there and threatened her if she reported it to law enforcement, authorities said.

"The victim was able to remain calm and memorize enough details that she could describe her attacker with such detail that investigators, with the assistance of patrol officers, were able to quickly develop a suspect," Hartzog stated in a release.

Grady, of 807 Stanley Church Road in Dudley, was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. He was placed in the Wayne County jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

Grady was convicted of second-degree kidnapping and common-law robbery in 2002 and given probation, according to state Department of Correction records. His probation was revoked in 2003, though, and he served 21 months in prison.

He also served eight months in jail for a 2005 misdemeanor conviction, DOC records show. His criminal record dates from 1993, when he was also convicted of misdemeanor breaking and entering.

DOC records state that while in prison, Grady has committed 34 infractions, including one for assaulting staff with a sexual instrument, six for sexual acts and four other assault-related ones.


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  • aydensmom1106 Mar 16, 2011

    It's a shame that this lady was trying to do a good deed and this is what happened to her. Now anytime someone really IS stranded, they won't get the help they need. This horrible excuse of a man shouldn't even get a trial, obviously he is an animal and deserves to be in jail for the rest of his life, and in that respect, be in isolation from EVERYONE!! Horrible story!!

  • Jenny8 Mar 16, 2011

    Google shows he has a bunch of similar charges from Florida also. There is absolutely no way anyone can justify this animal being out on the streets. Maybe this time the judge can get it right.But I bet he will plead insanity and some foreign Doctor will miraculously cure him of his demons and turn him out to pray upon more of our loved ones.

  • nancimae2 Mar 16, 2011

    That is what our police force will do; check out vehicles broken down beside the road. No way in this world would I stop at 2:30 a.m. to check out a broken down vehicle. The key word here is CAUTION.
    One phone call to the police, and this would have saved a lot of horror and grief for this lady. It is not that one doesn't care about others; you never know what is going on in these situations.

  • edbuck51 Mar 16, 2011

    this is way folks turn their back on others when they see someone that needs help, I guess that is the aim , to drive us farther apart

  • hckyplyr72 Mar 16, 2011

    Too bad the arresting officers didn't have a weapons "malfunction" when they found him.

  • hckyplyr72 Mar 16, 2011

    sarahfoor thats why2009 thats why you dont waste our money and put him in jail. He will never change which is why Capitol punishment is needed.

  • sarahfoor2009 Mar 16, 2011

    stick him in the jail and dont let him out. obviously he will never change.

  • lakeyk1 Mar 16, 2011

    This is another tragic and sad news story. However; it is true that we (society) can no longer be compassionate or helpful to others, which we as (natural) Americans do. We truly have a BROKEN AND TRAGIC JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND WRITTEN LAWS THAT LOOK LIKE SWISS CHEESE. Judges that don't have "the guts" to recognize that the system just does not work and enforce the law(s) as it should be, instead of being on a "first name bases" should be ashamed of their profession.....how pathetically sad. Please, please correct this out of control problem.

  • Sunne Mar 16, 2011

    "Great politically correct answer." RM24

    It is not my aim to be politically correct; it's about generalizations, as I stated earlier. You cannot make a generalization about any case; you need the facts, so each case must be decided individually before a determination can be made.

  • Sunne Mar 16, 2011

    "AND MY POINT was that people feel that way. SO is their opinion. They scream racism without the facts. EXACTLY what i was trying to say.: RM24

    If that was your point, then yes people of ALL races can and do scream racism when there is none there, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.