Man allegedly tied to ten rapes extradited back to Michigan, arraigned

Posted at 8:24 PM, Oct 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-03 20:48:44-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Calvin Kelly, 57, was brought back to Michigan from Tennessee on Thursday night, according to the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

Friday afternoon, he was arraigned on sexual assault and kidnapping charges in Kalamazoo County District Court.

He faces a total of five charges which stem from April 2008. That's when detectives said Kelly restrained a woman at knife point and raped her three times within one hour.

Investigators said the woman flagged down an officer from Kalamazoo Public Safety, and DNA evidence was collected. The DNA removed from the woman is said to have matched Kelly, and detectives were on his trail for this crime in 2012. The arrest came in early September of this year.

The attorney general said the DNA was then linked to nine other rapes in Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri.

Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting said, "I will say that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety did an excellent job at the onset of this case in preserving evidence so that even years later we can go forward with the prosecution."

When asked why it took almost two years between when the DNA link was made and the arrest, Getting said, "I can't comment on any of the facts. All of that will come out through the court process, what investigation has taken place, and the process that it took."

Kelly is in the Kalamazoo County Jail. He was denied bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15.