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Vincent Smith

vincent smith graphicVincent Smith was convicted on Dec. 19 for the abduction and rape of a woman who was loading items into her car on the morning of Sept. 9, 2011.  He was convicted of rape, two counts of criminal confinement and one count each of criminal deviate conduct, auto theft and attempted robbery.

Smith is also the suspect in an attempted murder case.  Police said less than a month before the sexual assault case, Smith stabbed an 18-year-old woman multiple times before setting her house on fire.  He will face a separate trial for that case.

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A man who was convicted in late December of abducting and raping a woman who was headed to the airport was sentenced Tuesday.

Vincent Smith, 25, who also refers to himself as Sherman Smith and Guardian of Sacred Forces Yohan Bic Flame, was sentenced to 99 years in prison on charges of rape, criminal deviate conduct, two counts of criminal confinement, attempted robbery and auto theft.

Smith attacked his victim in September 2011 as she was loading things into her vehicle.  Authorities said he drove her to three different ATMs to withdrawal money, before driving to a wooded area, where he forced her to engage in intercourse.

A month prior to the sexual assault, Smith is accused of stabbing an 18-year-old woman multiple times before setting her west side house on fire.  Smith will face a separate trial for the attempted murder charge.

A man arrested in connection with abducting and raping a woman was convicted of the charges against Wednesday.

Vincent Smith, 25, who also referred to himself as Sherman Smith and Guardian of Sacred Forces Yohan Bic Flame, was convicted of rape, two counts of criminal confinement and one count each of criminal deviate conduct, auto theft and attempted robbery.

Smith attacked the woman in September 2011 as she was loading things in her car to catch her flight to the Indianapolis International Airport.

A month prior to the sexual assault, Smith is accused of stabbing an 18-year-old woman multiple times before setting her west side house on fire.  Smith will face a separate trial for the attempted murder charge.

Smith, who represented himself in the abduction and rape case, will be sentenced on Jan. 8.

he Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says the man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman is connected to another crime.

IMPD says Sherman Smith, 25, is also charged with the attempted murder of Helen Lopez.  Lopez was found stabbed in a burning home on August 29.  Police say Lopez is still in critical condition.

Smith is also accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman early Friday morning.  Police say Smith approached the woman as she was loading things in her car to catch her flight at the Indianapolis International Airport.

IMPD officers were able to locate the suspect’s car in a wooded area, around the same location were the alleged sexual assault took place.

Police say when they approached the vehicle, Smith shot at them.  Police then returned fire.  The suspect was shot in the hand.

Smith is also being charged with the attempted murder of an IMPD officer.

Smith goes by the names Vincent Smith, Sherman Smith and Yohau Flame.  He faces charges of murder, burglary, arson, theft, rape, criminal deviate conduct and criminal confinement.

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08/29/11

Name released of woman found stabbed inside burning home

Indianapolis Metro Police Detectives are investigating the stabbing of a woman who was found inside a burning home on the city’s west side Monday.

Firefighters responded to a 911 call just before 8:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Centennial Street.

As fire crews made their way inside the house, they found 18-year-old Helen Lopez suffering multiple stab wounds in the front room.

“She was the only person they found immediately when they went inside the front door,” said IFD Captain, Rita Burris. “She was in that front room.”

Lopez was rushed to Wishard Hospital, where police say she has stabilized as of early Monday evening.

The owner of the home, Javier Acosta, said the victim is his son’s girlfriend. He said she and his son have lived together in the home for only a couple months.

Neighbors said the boyfriend had already left for work when the fire started. IMPD has not confirmed that, though.

Acosta said he’s not aware of anyone who would want to target the couple or the house they live in. IMPD records show several prior runs to the house over the last few years for various incidents but none of them involved the woman or her boyfriend.

Neighbors said the house has a history of drug trafficking, but they don’t believe that took place in the last couple months since the couple moved in.

“I’ve lived here 15 years, and these guys here were no trouble at all,” said neighbor Ricky Shearer.  “I mean probably some of the best neighbors you’d want to have.”

IMPD is not confirming that the boyfriend has been questioned in the case, although he was seen sitting in the passenger seat of a police car at the scene of the fire. Acosta also told Fox59 that his son had been questioned by police.

IMPD has not announced any suspects or persons of interest.

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