Michael Parrish pleads guilty in Avon abduction, rape case

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HENDRICKS COUNTY (April 17, 2014) – A man connected to a string of violent crimes in two counties pleaded guilty in court Thursday.

Michael Parrish, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal deviate conduct and one count of robbery Thursday morning in a Hendricks County court. He was sentenced to 100 years in prison.

Between Feb. 5 and Feb. 8, police said Parrish was behind a crime spree in Marion and Hendricks counties. It started with a Feb. 5 home invasion on LaSalle Street, police said. Parrish is accused of holding a woman at gunpoint while three other people ransacked the home and stole valuables.

Later that day, police said Parrish abducted two women at gunpoint and raped them. According to court documents, he forced them to drive to several locations and sexually assaulted them. He was armed with two guns and two knives, investigators said.

The next day, Parrish is accused of kidnapping two women at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Avon Walmart. Again, he forced them to drive around and sexually assaulted them, police said. In that case, a child was in the vehicle with the women. Investigators said Parrish threatened to kill the child if the women didn’t comply.

He’s also a suspect in an armed robbery at the Kohl’s store in Plainfield.

Parrish faced more than two dozen charges in connection with the Hendricks County crimes, including rape, kidnapping, criminal deviate conduct, robbery and criminal confinement. As part of a plea agreement, all but the criminal deviate conduct and robbery charges were dropped.

Parrish also faces a number of charges in connection with the Marion County cases.