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Home invasion suspect arrested in Southlake

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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 12:00 am

Frisco police intend to file charges against a Plano man suspected of breaking into a Frisco apartment last year and sexually assaulting, stabbing, and robbing a 25-year-old woman.

Stanley Vernell Ledbetter, 30, is a suspect in the Frisco crime and 18 similar incidents that occurred throughout the Metroplex between May 2005 and April 2007.

Plano police officers arrested Ledbetter Saturday in Southlake on a Dallas aggravated sexual assault warrant. They had been following him and waiting for a secure place to make the arrest, a Plano police spokesman said. He did not resist them.

Frisco police Sgt. Gerald Meadors said that Ledbetter was identified by Plano police officers who noticed that he fit the description of the home invasion suspect.

“The officers that made that arrest thought he looked like that composite from the home invasion and passed it on, and that started the wheels turning and it developed from there,” Frisco police Sgt. Gerald Meadors said.

Ledbetter was taken to the Collin County Jail but was transferred Wednesday to the Dallas County Jail where he is facing two counts of aggravated sexual assault from the Irving Police Department and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

Frisco police plan to press charges of attempted capital murder and aggravated sexual assault, but are awaiting the results of DNA tests before filing formal charges. Meadors said the results could come back any time in the next few days.

Plano police said they may also press charges, but all incidents are still under investigation.

On April 25, 2007, a suspect described as a young black male smashed through the glass of a back door to break into an apartment at The Vineyards on Wade Boulevard. He took an ATM card and several hundred dollars from the victim before binding and sexually assaulting her.

After covering her mouth with duct tape he stabbed her in the abdomen three times and left, but he stabbed her two more times as she attempted to leave and seek help. The victim played dead until the suspect left before crawling to a neighbor’s to call 911.

He also used the ATM card to withdraw money in Southlake after the incident.

Detectives from Frisco, Plano, Dallas, Richardson, Irving, Garland, and Coppell, cities where alleged crimes by Ledbetter occurred, joined together to form a North Texas Law Enforcement Task Force to help locate the suspect. State and federal agencies also helped in the search.

After the incident in Frisco, Schepps Dairy offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Meadors said it is too early to know if anyone will receive reward money.

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