Tennessee sex offender accused of kidnapping, assaulting woman on morning jog

Multiple bystanders in Market Square came to help the victim, who was able to escape the assault suspect

A registered sex offender on parole attacked a woman while she was jogging in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, according to police.

Knoxville authorities have charged Japa Das Goins, 34, with aggravated kidnapping, four counts of attempted rape and one count of sex offender registration violations.

Knoxville Police Department (KPD) Public Information Officer Scott Erland told Fox News Digital that Goins' criminal history in Knox County, specifically, is "fairly extensive." In addition to his Tuesday arrest, Goins was also arrested on Aug. 27 and June 30. He was previously convicted of public intoxication multiple times, "evading arrest, theft and aggravated criminal trespass," on top of sexual offenses in other areas.

Just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, KPD officers responded to reports of a woman who was randomly assaulted by an unknown man in Market Square.

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Multiple bystanders came to help the victim, who was able to escape Goins with minor injuries, according to police. Goins allegedly fled the scene before police arrived.

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KPD's Violent Crimes Unit, with assistance from the Property Crimes Unit, patrol officers and the Sex Offender Registry Detail, were eventually able to identify Goins as a suspect in the alleged attack. Officials located the suspect at the Probation and Parole Board on Elm Street at around 10 a.m. and took him into custody.

Goins then admitted to the assault in an interview with investigators.

Knoxville authorities have charged Japa Das Goins, 34, with aggravated kidnapping, four counts of attempted rape and one count of sex offender registration violations.

Knoxville authorities have charged Japa Das Goins, 34, with aggravated kidnapping, four counts of attempted rape and one count of sex offender registration violations. (Knox County)

Goins admitted to the assault in an interview with VCU investigators. Charges are forthcoming for aggravated kidnapping and attempted rape. Additional charges are possible.

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"I am incredibly proud of the great urgency and teamwork our investigators and patrol officers showed to bring this incident to an almost immediate resolution," Knoxville Police Department  (KPD) Chief of Police Paul Noel said in a Tuesday statement. "I am also thankful for the bystanders who jumped in to help when help was needed. People should feel and be safe in every public space in our city, and we will respond quickly to address any actions or behavior that compromises that sense of safety."

The alleged incident came a day after Memphis authorities located the body of Eliza Fletcher, a kindergarten teacher and mother of two, after she was kidnaped the morning of Sept. 2 while running along Central Avenue near the University of Memphis. Cleotha Henderson has been arrested and charged in her abduction and killing.

Another Memphis mother and her 1-year-old toddler were allegedly kidnaped from a Target store in broad daylight on Sept. 1.