Rape suspect ordered held without bail

Bruce Tuck appears in court.
Bruce Tuck appears in court.

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DRESDEN, TN (WMC-TV) - A West Tennessee man was booked and arragined on a Martin rape charge Thursday as several police agencies look into whether he can be connected to other sex assaults in the region.

Bruce A. Tuck of Gleason was booked into the Weakley County Jail in Dresden on Thursday morning after being taken to a hospital following his arrest on Wednesday. Tuck complained of chest pains after being arrested.

Martin Police Chief David Moore said at a news conference Thursday morning that DNA evidence and stolen property connected the 35-year-old Tuck to a rape on Aug. 30 in which a gunman broke into a home and tied up three people, then raped one of them.

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"We wish we could've got him sooner," Martin Police Department Chief David Moore said. "That's the only regret that we've got, that there were multiple victims."

Investigating a tip from the public sent them to Tuck's house, where they found items stolen from a house on Raven Street during the August 30th rape.  A search of his off-site storage shed turned up more.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Tuck broke into the house, tied up two people to a bed, then raped another woman on that same bed. Right now, Tuck faces multiple charges in connection with that one rape case, but prosecutors say there's more to come.

TBI Special Agent John Mehr said many tips from the community helped police solve the case and urged others with information to call it in as the investigation continues into rapes in Memphis and Shelby County.

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell said investigators will file additional charges soon.

"I think there ought to be a sigh of relief at this point on the part of all of our citizens," he said.

During his arraignment, a judge ordered Tuck held in jail without bond, citing danger to both himself and the community and the other four rape cases in which Bruce Tuck is the lone suspect.

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