Serial rapist sentenced to 55-80 years, curses judge

Ikeie Smith

Ikeie Smith

A Redford Township man who pleaded guilty to numerous sexual assaults and home invasions throughout western Wayne County from 2011 to 2016 was sentenced to 55 to 80 years in prison today.

Ikeie Ranordo Smith, 33, cursed Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Dalton A. Roberson after he pronounced the sentence and denied Smith a chance to comment.

“F— you, your honor,” he said.

Smith will be eligible for parole in 55 years.

Smith pled guilty May 1 to charges in nine cases in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Allen Park, Redford Township, Garden City and Inkster.

Smith turned down a plea deal on Feb. 3, that would have offered him between 35 and 75 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. More than a month later, his attorney sought to withdraw, but the request was denied.

“This case underscores the critical importance for sharing information and technology on a regional basis,” Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “This predator victimized our region for over five years until law enforcement at all levels, local, state and federal pooled their resources to bring him to justice. We stand committed to working with our regional partners to keep Southeast Michigan safe.”

Multi-jurisdictional officers, which included Michigan State Police and the FBI, arrested Smith in September 2016.

The case break came when a Livonia woman noticed a gate ajar in her yard and later checked her surveillance system. The video showed a man lurking outside of her house. Crime Stoppers broadcasted the information and authorities received a tip about the suspect, and he was arrested Sept. 7.

The Dearborn Police Department Special Operations Unit took Smith into custody where was interviewed and admitted responsibility for several cases in the jurisdictions, Haddad said.

On Sept. 9, Smith faced two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct and armed robbery in 17th District Court in Redford Township. The charges stemmed from cases in 2014 and 2016.

The same day, Smith also was arraigned in 21st District Court in Garden City on three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and second degree criminal sexual conduct, and first-degree home invasion for 2015 crimes.

Smith was arraigned Sept. 13 in 24th District Court in Allen Park and charged with three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, first degree home invasion and unarmed robbery for crimes committed in 2015.

He was also arraigned Sept. 14 in 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights on one count of torture and two counts of first degree home invasion and second degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges stemmed from incidents in Dearborn Heights back in December 2013 and September 2014.

He was arraigned Sept. 15 in 19th District Court in Dearborn where he was charged with two counts of first degree home invasion.

The Dearborn link to Smith began in July 2015 when a pattern was identified from multiple break-ins on the border shared with Allen Park. He also attempted or completed sexual assaults during the incidents.

Detectives then began communicating with neighboring jurisdictions where they received several more incidents similar to the series.

“Characteristics on the way crimes were being committed helped narrowing down a suspect,” Haddad said during a press conference Sept. 12 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. “Detectives were able to come together and said there were similar patterns.”

“As the summer progressed, and more information became available from some of our neighboring jurisdictions, a task force was formed from federal, state and local assets brought in,” Allen Park Police Chief James Wilkewicz told the City Council Sept. 13. “We had everything from the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit come in and help us out, state police assets, and investigators from all the jurisdictions where we could tie this individual to working on a daily basis to try to identify him.”
He said the city of Dearborn was instrumental in helping to organize the task force.

“Eventually through DNA we did tie him to seven sexual assaults of women in their homes throughout the area, including the one on Anne Street here in Allen Park,” Wilkewicz said.