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Attempted serial rapist told Abilene police voices told him to ‘rape’

Joshua Day

An Abilene man accused of trying to rape four women told police that he was listening to voices that told him to “rape.”

Joshua Joseph Day, 38, was indicted Thursday on four counts of attempted sexual assault and one count of injury to a disabled individual.

According to the indictment, Day pulled his first victim out of her car in the 800 block of Ross Avenue just before 1 p.m. on Aug. 29. She kicked Day, punched him in the face and kept screaming “no!”

When Day finally let go, she closed the car door and honked her horn.

The victim’s friend heard the honking, ran out and told her sister to call 911.

Around 5:45 p.m., Day’s second victim was getting into her car in the 1600 block of Belmont Boulevard.

As she unlocked her car door, the indictment states Day grabbed her, took her to the ground and landed on top of her.

He pulled her pants down to her knees.

As Day tried to pull his pants down, she pulled her pants back up.

She kicked him in the face and yelled “the cops!”

Day stopped to see if anyone was coming and then tried to remove her pants a second time.

Neighbors heard the woman screaming and came outside, so Day ran off.

According to the indictment, Day attacked a third woman just before 5 a.m. the next morning.

The woman was walking down S. 16th Street when she saw “a figure walking towards her.”

The figure disappeared and she suspected someone was hiding in the dark. So, she turned onto Palm Street.

The woman then saw a small wrench in the street. As she bent down to pick it up, police say Day attacked her. He punched her in the face and scratched her.

He then took off her shorts and tried to touch her “private parts.” But she put her hands between her legs to restrict access.

The woman said Day then rubbed something against her hand before he jumped up, put his pants on and took off.

The fourth victim was feeding stray cats around 8:30 a.m. in the alley between S. 2nd and Butternut. As she put the cat food back in her trunk, the indictment states the woman heard mumbling.

Before she could do anything, “(Day’s) hands were all over her.”

Day stuck his hand down the front of her pants.

She threw her elbow back and pushed him in the face.

As she walked away, the women lost her balance and fell to the ground.

Day took off.

After his arrest on Aug. 30, police say Day confessed to all four attempted sexual assaults.

Day told police voices told him to “rape” and that he was acting out what the voices told him.

Day also admitted that he changed clothes after each attack and “wore glasses to disguise himself so it would be more difficult to identify him.”

Day remains in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $115,500.

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