Man found guilty of kidnapping, raping 7 women

Man found guilty of kidnapping, raping 7 women
Michael Love (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man was found guilty of raping seven women over seven years, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced.

Investigators said Michael Love, 45, kidnapped and raped seven Memphis women and tried to do the same with an eighth.

Love was arrested in 2015 after pretending to help a woman who ran out of gas. Investigators said Love saw the woman pushing her car and offered help.

However, instead of helping, he drove her to a dead end street, pulled her out of the car and attempted to take her clothes off and rape her, according to the police report.

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Two years later, Love was indicted by a federal grand jury after DNA from a sexual assault kit linked him to other kidnappings and sexual assaults.

Prosecutors said between 2008 and 2015, Love--a Horn Lake resident--traveled to Memphis to find or meet a woman, hold her against her will, rape her, and leave her in a deserted part of the city.

Each victim testified she was raped before being forced out of Love's car without her purse, wallet or cell phone.

The rapes were not linked until Love's arrest in 2015.

Love faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 27 years and could face up to life in prison.

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