I-95 Rapes Links Sought Agencies Checking Old Cases
Jackson, Gordon, The Florida Times Union
WOODBINE -- A composite sketch led to the arrest of a Brunswick
man who was charged Friday night with raping two women traveling
on Interstate 95 in Camden County, authorities said yesterday.
A Glynn County police officer stopped a pickup truck driven by
Matthew Loran Cercy, 23, about two weeks ago because the man
resembled a police artist's sketch drawn from the victims'
descriptions of their attacker, authorities said.
Officer Kevin Wilborn also was suspicious because the truck
driven by Cercy, a red Nissan, matched the victims' description
of their attacker's car, said Glynn County Police Chief Carl
Alexander during yesterday's news conference in Woodbine.
After the stop, Wilborn asked Cercy to talk to investigators,
and he agreed, Alexander said.
"When he [Wilborn] made the traffic stop, a lot of things
seemed to fit," Alexander said. "He notified our detectives;
they came out and started interviewing this person."
That investigation brought police to Cercy's home in the 400
block of Buckingham Place in Brunswick Friday night with an
arrest warrant, Alexander said. Police said Cercy is a
self-employed contractor. Neighbors said he and his wife have
one small child.
On Friday, the Camden County Sheriff's Office charged Cercy
with 17 counts relating to three attacks since March, including
two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated sodomy and two
counts of kidnapping with bodily injury, police said.
Other charges include seven counts of aggravated assault, three
counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a
crime and one count of kidnapping, police said.
"I think it's a significant arrest," Alexander said. "There
have been several incidences that this person is going to be
The three attacks for which Cercy has been charged are:
The March 19 rape of a woman whose car was stopped on the
shoulder of the Exit 1 ramp of Interstate 95.
A May 11 incident in which the tires were shot out on a
family's vehicle as they drove though Camden County on I-95. A
man approached the vehicle and left when he realized there were
two children and an adult male accompanying the female driver.
A May 31 rape of a Virginia woman at gunpoint after someone
shot out the tire of the Jeep she was riding on I-95 in northern
Camden County. The woman and her boyfriend were traveling home
from Key West, Fla. When they pulled over, another motorist
stopped behind their vehicle. The driver forced the couple into
woods next to the highway and raped the woman while her
boyfriend was forced to watch.
The highly publicized May 31 incident garnered many tips to
local authorities, police said.
Although a Camden sheriff's office artist drew a sketch from
the couple's description of the attacker, it was the Glynn
County police sketch that Wilborn recalled.
"We do appreciate the media coverage in this case because the
media picking up the information and putting it out generated a
lot of calls for us," said Guy Ellis, an investigator with the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Kingsland. …