Convicted serial rapist killed in freak accident

by: Kristin Leigh Updated:


The man who was killed in a bizarre traffic accident Wednesday night was a convicted sex offender, who was described in 1990s news articles as the “Highland Street Rapist.”

Kevin Jordan, 55, was killed last night when a trailer detached from a truck on Park Avenue in East Memphis, according to Memphis Police.

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After receiving a call from a viewer, FOX13 discovered Jordan’s disturbing criminal history. In 1994, he pled guilty to 20 felonies, including nine rapes, one attempted rape, four robberies and three burglaries, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Wednesday night, Kevin Jordan was killed on the 3700 block of Park Ave, about a half mile away from where he used to terrorize women. According to the District Attorney’s Office, the convict would pick his victims up in grocery stores on Highland Street between Park Avenue and Summer Avenue.

He returned to Memphis after being released from the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility in 2010, according to court records.

His disturbing history with law enforcement didn’t end in the 90s. A woman accused Jordan of indecent exposure in March 2014, about four years after he was released from prison.

According to an affidavit obtained by FOX13, the woman “...observed a male subject wearing a trench coat standing in front of her office window. She observed the subject with his penis exposed and masturbating.”

Jordan is a registered sex offender, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He lived on the 3700 block of Park Avenue.

According to the TDOC, Jordan’s original release date from prison was set for the summer of 2017, but he earned enough credits to be released in 2010. Sentence credits are set in state law, meaning if an eligible offender remains discipline free or completes certain programming requirements, credits must be applied, according to the TDOC.

Had he served his full 25-year sentence for the crimes he committed in the early 1990s, he would have still been in jail Wednesday night, instead of walking on the Park Avenue sidewalk where he was killed.