Man pleads guilty to October rape

Martae Rose's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility. (Oct. 28, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who threatened and raped a woman as she walked in Grand Rapids last year entered a guilty plea on Monday.

Martae Rose pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, unlawful imprisonment and assault with intent to rob.

The assault happened in October 2014. Police said the young woman had just gotten off the bus and was walking in the area of Euclid Avenue and Hall Street SE when a man grabbed her, put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her. He told her to give him money, but she didn’t have any. He then walked with her to a secluded area and raped her. He threatened to kill her again before leaving, and she then called police.

Rose was arrested a couple of weeks later after he was identified as the attacker through DNA evidence.

Also Monday, Rose pleaded guilty to an unrelated armed robbery in August 2014.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 14.

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