Teen accused of kidnapping, raping, robbing woman in Tuscaloosa turns himself in

Teen accused of kidnapping, raping, robbing woman in Tuscaloosa turns himself in
Cedrick Collins. Source: Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit
Cedrick Collins. Source: Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A 17-year-old accused of raping and robbing a woman after kidnapping her from the parking lot of University Mall in Tuscaloosa last Friday has turned himself in, according to Tuscaloosa County authorities.

Cedrick Lemar Collins is wanted on rape, kidnapping and robbery charges.

He turned himself in to the Tuscaloosa Police Department on Monday morning, Captain Gary Hood with the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit said. Collins is in custody and currently being questioned at the Homicide office.

Tuscaloosa police officers responded to a robbery and sexual assault report at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27 at University Mall at 1700 McFarland Boulevard.

The victim was described as a 19-year-old white female. She told police she was sitting in the parking lot when a black male approached her car and asked to use her cell phone, according to Lt. Kip Hart with the Homicide Unit.

She gave him permission to use the phone and he entered her car. Police say the suspect told her he had a gun and forced her to drive to an ATM and withdraw money.

"She gave him the phone and he walked around the car and got in the passenger seat. He told her that he had a gun and that she need not be a hero," Sgt. Jeremy Franks with the Homicide Unit said.

Investigators say the suspect forced the victim to drive to an abandoned property off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Short 17th Street where he sexually assaulted her.

Officers say the suspect left the area afterwards and the victim contacted police. She was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center's ER for treatment.

Police said Collins was considered armed and dangerous. Police had been searching for him since Friday.

Detectives developed probable cause to obtain first degree rape, first degree kidnapping and first degree robbery warrants on Collins. He is being held on a $120,000 bond in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

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