A male resident of Chicago on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for kidnapping and assaulting three women he met online. He was initially accused of four attacks.
Keith Dewitt Davis, 31, assaulted the women in vacant buildings in Calumet City, Illinois during the summer of 2016. Davis met the women online and used a pretext of engaging in consensual, commercial sex acts to lure them to the vacant buildings. Once there, he physically assaulted each of the women and raped two of them. Davis displayed a handgun and pointed it at one of the victims, and he displayed a wrench or pipe in the two other incidents.
He was first accused of beating and raping a woman early morning June 27, 2016 after Davis and the woman agreed to have sex for $120, but the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago also implicated him in three other similar attacks within a four-block area near Pulaski Road and Burnham Avenue in Calumet City. Davis arranged the meeting places located in a neighborhood of vacant or abandoned homes He was accused of displaying a weapon in two of the attacks.
In the first attack, the female victim described that Davis solicited prostitution services, but then punched and raped her, and then warned, “This should make you stop.” Davis then fled with the victim’s identification and cellphone. The woman went to the hospital, where the rape was reported to police.
Another attack occurred at the same abandoned house. Days after the first attack, a woman escaped Davis when she realized they were meeting at an abandoned house, but not before Davis tried to punch her and pull her into the house. She reported the incident to the Calumet City Police Department, and the police recognized the similar description for the suspect.
The third attack occurred when a female exotic dancer was forced into an abandoned house at gunpoint, beaten, and repeatedly raped in the basement. Davis fled with her clothing and purse. The victim ran naked from the house and sought the help at a nearby house where residents called the police for her.
In a fourth and final known attack, police on patrol discovered a partially nude woman who was walking in the area of the previous incidents. She had advertised online prostitution services, but when she met with Davis, he put a pipe to her head that she thought was a gun, and she fell to the floor. She was battered and kicked, but managed to defend herself by grabbing the pipe and hitting Davis with the pipe. She also bit his fingers, and managed to escape.
Davis agreed to meet authorities in September 2016 after they traced him via cellphone records, surveillance cameras, and photo identification by victims and witnesses. Investigators said he initially denied his crimes, but later admitted to meeting each of the four women for sex. Davis claimed the meetings were consensual, but turned violent after the women attacked him/
Davis pleaded guilty in 2019 to three counts of kidnapping for sexual gratification. U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber imposed the sentence after a hearing in federal court in Chicago.
The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI. The case was investigated by the FBI and the Will County Safe Streets Task Force. Substantial assistance was provided by the Calumet City Police Department, Hazel Crest Police Department, Midlothian Police Department, South Bend, Ind., Police Department, and the St. Joseph County, Ind., Prosecutor’s Office.
“Defendant’s crime was vicious,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Abigail L. Peluso argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum. “Defendant showed a complete disregard for human life and respect for a person’s dignity.”
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