• More victims come forward claiming rape by suspected serial rapist


    NORCROSS, Ga. - As Gwinnett County police continue to search for a suspected serial rapist, two more women have come forward claiming they too were assaulted.

    Police said Joseph Tyler Sivonda, 23, lives in the same apartment complex where he allegedly attacked some of his victims.

    Police said three women claimed they were assaulted at gunpoint in a vacant apartment at the Bradford Gwinnett apartment complex off Beaver Ruin Road.

    Police believe Sivonda's still in the area and that has many residents on edge.

    "Everybody asking, 'Have they caught him?'" said resident Phil Fyneface.

    "I come home late nights and I am so scared. So, if he's caught I'm going to feel a lot better. My kids can come back outside and play," resident Mekka Miles told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh.

    Meanwhile, Channel 2 Action News has learned police arrested Sivonda's mother, Sharon Sivonda, and his brother, Kevin Sivonda, on drug charges Monday morning.

    Police said they discovered a small amount of marijuana belonging them while searching for Joseph inside the Norcross home they all share.

    News Chopper 2 flew over the apartment complex Thursday as the SWAT team attempted to arrest Sivonda, but never found him.

    Investigators said they did find a very convincing fake hand gun in his apartment.

    Since Kavanaugh first reported this story, two more women have come forward saying Sivonda attacked them.

    "One occurred at knife point. In the other one, pepper spray was used," said Cpl. Jake Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

    Police said Sivonda arranged to meet all his victims, all female escorts, through the website Backpage.com.

    "He essentially called these victims to him, which is something similar to what he did a few years ago when he was charged in other robbery cases," Smith said.

    Kavanaugh confirmed Sivonda was released from prison in November. He served six years and seven months of a 10-year sentence for robbery.

    Police say he and his brother Kevin robbed four taxi drivers at gun point in April 2006. Joseph Sivonda was just 16 years old at the time.

    Police Sivonda has a distinct tattoo that says "India" on his neck.

    Anyone with information on Sivonda's whereabouts is asked to call Gwinnett County police at 770-513-5000 or call 911.

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