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From The Tribune staff reports

HOOVER — The Birmingham Police Department reports an arrest has been made in an extensive rape investigation, which was conducted by the department’s special victim’s unit.

The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Johnathan Fitzgerald Lockett, of Birmingham. Police say he also goes by the name “Master Lockett.”

On Friday, Nov. 20, BPD’s Crime Reduction Team arrested Lockett with the help of the Hoover Police Department. Detectives presented the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for review. After an assessment, detectives obtained warrants for attempted rape, kidnapping, and sodomy.

Lockett, according to authorities, was arrested and transported to the Jefferson County Jail with no bond. The preliminary investigation indicates he was involved in the sexual assaults of two women dating back to December of 2019 and as recent as November 2020.

The investigation also suggests Lockett made contact with his victims by means of social media and dating websites. He then arranged to meet the victims for dates before committing the alleged crimes.

Anyone who has been victimized by this person is asked to contact the Birmingham Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at 205-254-8413 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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