Greenwood rape suspect reportedly confessed to mother about crime

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (May 3, 2015) -- The man accused of raping a Greenwood senior citizen Friday reportedly confessed to his mother what he had allegedly done and then tried to kill himself.

Ira Link, 42, was apprehended by Beech Grove police Saturday morning after he bolted from his mother's car in the 1100 block of Bethel Avenue.

The woman then called 911 and Link was arrested not far from his home near the site of his former employer.

"Unbelievable," said neighbor David Stockton. "I did not know that he lived down there. It’s pretty scary."

"I think that it is sad," said Tanya Harrison, another Beech Grove resident. "It is scary to think they are in your neighborhood. You just never know who people are."

Link served more than 20 years in Indiana prisons for his 1993 convictions on two counts of child molestation.

He was released from custody June 6, 2014, and registered five days later with the Marion County Sheriff's Office as a sexually violent predator.

Last month Link registered with Greenwood police not long after he quit his Beech Grove job and was employed by an auto service center on State Road 135 in Greenwood.

The location is within a few miles and a few minutes of Friday morning's crime scene where the attacker left behind his jacket.

Link's former boss told CBS4 he was aware of his former employee’s criminal history and he hired the ex-con out of prison based on the recommendation of a friend.

The survivor of the attack in the Valle Vista community told police the rapist was covered with tattoos and had threatened her life.

Link's profile on the Marion County Sheriff's Sex Offender Registry lists multiple tattoos, including, "Fear God," "Jesus," an angel and a devil, a skull and "Vade Retro Me Satana," a 14th century medieval Catholic exorcism chant which translates roughly to "get thee behind me, Satan."

"It is scary, I can't say it’s shocking," said Harrison when she was told her neighbor was under arrest. "There are criminals everywhere as proven daily."

A law enforcement source told CBS4 that Link had marks around his neck to indicate an attempt to die by hanging when was placed on suicide watch in the Johnson County Jail.

Prosecutor Brad Cooper told CBS4 that he is hopeful Greenwood detectives will deliver his office a probable cause affidavit spelling out their case Monday morning in time for an initial hearing within hours or Wednesday at the latest.

Johnson County courts will be closed Tuesday for Primary Election Day.

Link turned down an interview request because "he didn't want to embarrass his family anymore," said a jail source.

He is preliminarily charged with rape, burglary and confinement and is being held on $192,000 bond.

Link's mother slammed the door to her Southside home when she was approached for a comment on her son's reported confession and her call to police.

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