January 4, 2013: 22- year-old Travis Truesdale, a.k.a. Markus Underwood, was sentenced today by the Honorable Judge Rayford Means to 53 and 1/2 to 107 years incarceration for the crimes of Rape, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Unlawful Restraint, Attempted Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Robbery, Aggravated Indecent Assault and violation of probation.
Truesdale earlier pleaded guilty to the October 2011 attacks on two girls in the 35th police district. On October 15, 2011 Truesdale approached a 13-year-old-girl at a bus stop on the 100 block of Olney Avenue. He attacked the girl, dragged her into an alleyway, forcibly assaulted her, and then robbed her. After fighting Truesdale off, the victim ran home to report the assault. The defendant then returned to the same bus stop just a few minutes later where he saw his next victim, a 16-year-old girl. He attacked her, pulled her into another alley, held her down and forcibly raped her. The girl’s screams drew the attention of neighbors who intervened. The neighbors were able to hold the defendant down, until police arrived. When police did arrive the defendant tried to flee the scene, but was quickly apprehended.
At the sentencing today both victims and their families were present and offered testimony to the devastating impact Truesdales’ crimes have had on their lives. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp of the Family Violence Sexual Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office credits the two victims in this case with the result. “It is due only to the courage of these two girls and the intervention of Good Samaritans that this violent predator has been removed from our streets.”
Judge Rayford Means stated that he imposed a severe sentence because the crimes against these innocent children were so heinous, and he needed to protect society from defendant hurting others.