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Michael Brendan Shinn
Courtesy of Iredell County P2C website

Sherrills Ford Man Charged In Connection To Rapes Reported In Iredell County

29-year-old Michael Brendan Shinn of Sherrills Ford was arrested last Wednesday (June 22) by Mooresville Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of second-degree forcible rape and one felony count of second-degree forcible sex offense.

On June 19, Mooresville Police responded to a sexual assault call on River Highway in Mooresville. The victim stated that she met the suspect online and agreed to meet in Mooresville on June 16. After meeting the suspect, the victim got into the suspect’s vehicle and was taken to a remote parking lot on River Highway where she was forcibly sexually assaulted by the suspect. After the assault, the suspect left the victim in the parking lot without her vehicle or phone.

Detectives identified the suspect using information from the victim about him and his vehicle. The victim said the suspect was a middle-aged white male and drove a silver and gray Dodge Charger with a black stripe. Detectives were contacted by Huntersville Police Department who told them a second victim, hospitalized in Huntersville, had been sexually assaulted by the same suspect last Tuesday (June 21). This victim also met the suspect online and agreed to meet in Mooresville. They were driven to the same remote parking lot and sexually assaulted by the suspect then left at the scene.

Detectives learned that the suspect, who was targeting women online, may be involved in similar incidents in other jurisdictions. Mooresville detectives are attempted to identify possible additional victims and are working with multiple surrounding agencies, who have similar cases involving the suspect, and agencies in states as far away as California.

Suspect vehicle
Courtesy of Mooresville Police Department

Shinn was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a total of $600,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (June 27). District Court dates are scheduled for July 12 and July 13. If you have any information on this suspect or any possible victims, contact Mooresville Police Detective Saladino at 704-664-3311.