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Police arrest third suspect in connection with sexual assaults near U of L

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they have arrested a third suspect in connection with two sexual assaults that took place near the University of Louisville.

The news came during an emotional press conference Thursday morning.

Police say the latest suspect is a 17-year-old. That suspect joins two others -- a 16-year-old and 18-year-old Dezmeontai Lamont Tinsley -- who are charged in connection with the case.

Police have not released the identities of the 17-year-old and the 16-year-old, due to the fact that they are juveniles. Police did say that the 16-year-old was involved in both assaults. Tinsley's arrest report, however, sheds light on the allegations.

According to the arrest report, Tinsley and a juvenile accomplice -- in one of the assaults -- forced a victim into her vehicle at gunpoint in the early morning hours of Sept. 12.

Police say the victim was forced to withdraw money from an ATM before she was taken to an unknown location where she was forced to perform oral sex on both suspects. The victim was allowed to leave, but police say the suspects kept her car. 

Tinsley is charged with sodomy, robbery and kidnapping in connection with that assault. He's being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $25,000 cash bond. 

During the press conference, LMPD Det. Anne Cohen praised the victims of both assaults, calling them "pillars of strength." At one point, she became emotional, calling this the most difficult sexual assault case she's ever worked.

"This is probably one of the hardest two cases of my career," she said. "I've been doing sex crimes a long time -- this has to be the hardest two weeks I've ever spent."

She described her physical reaction upon learning the news that the third -- and police say the last -- suspect had been arrested.

"Last night, after the third one was taken to JCYC, I fell down," she said. "Just relief."

She said her reaction was because of the relief she knew the victims would feel.

"It's for them, because now I know they can go to bed at night and sleep, and not be looking over their shoulders and wondering, 'Is this the guy? Is this the guy?'"

She said it wouldn't have been possible without the victims' total involvement in the investigation.

"These women are phenomenal women," she said. "Their only commonality is one person who was involved in both assaults."

"You know, sometimes some cases just stick with you," Det. Cohen said through tears. "They hit you hard. These hit me hard. They just did. I can't explain why. But I've spent many, many man-hours working these cases and I've spent many sleepless nights making sure I get them justice."

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