Police: Rape suspect in custody

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Edward Tarras Jr.

The man wanted in connection with the March rape of a 23-year-old woman in Smyrna has turned himself into authorities, according to Rutherford County officials familiar with the case.

“Edward Tarras Jr. turned himself over to detectives Wednesday morning,” said Kevin Arnold, chief of the Smyrna Police Department. “He has been charged with one count of rape and one count of possession of child pornography.”

Last week, authorities issued an all points bulletin for his arrest after learning he had possibly fled to Florida to avoid apprehension.

As part of their efforts, Smyrna police released information about the case, which includes allegations that Tarras targeted girls as young as 15 years old, and asked the public for helping in locating him.

Tarras is accused of raping the woman after she responded to a fake Craigslist advertisement that claimed he was a photography needing young models for a photo shoot.

According to police, Tarras, who actually worked for a local restaurant at the time, lured the woman to his apartment at Stoneridge Farms at Smyrna and raped her during a meeting held in mid-March.

Arnold said authorities believe there could be more victims and are urging anyone who responded to the Craigslist ad to contact Detective Allan Nabours at 615-459-6644.

Tarras has since been booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held on a $1.5 million bond

He is scheduled to appear for preliminary hearing on the two charges on Tuesday, April 9, in Smyrna General Sessions Court.

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