Fri Nov 23, 2007 at 07:00:00 AM EST
Another sick perv in the pulpit, this time a beast cruising late nights in the streets targeting sex workers, threatening them with a knife and raping them.
Investigators say the 23 year old minister used the same tactics each time he approached women off Parkway and Motel Drives. Once he lured them into his car, police say at least 4 women were raped while the suspect held a butcher knife to their necks. Fresno police say Anthony Ireland was repeatedly targeting random women along Highway 99 near Olive Avenue, a well known place to pick up prostitutes. …Monday Ireland was charged with 4 felony counts of forcible rape with special circumstances. He could face additional punishment since there are multiple victims and he used a dangerous weapon.
Ireland, who was seen as “very likeable, loveable” and “people were drawn to him” by those at International Crossroads Community Church is married as well. In fact he had been on this violent rampage while his wife lay in the hospital battling a chronic disease.