Backpage.com Rapist and Robber
A Rochester man out on bail for allegedly robbing and raping three women he met through an online escort service in October 2011 was arraigned Thursday morning on more robbery charges.
Michael Chess, 25, who has been staying between two residences in Rochester, has been charged with first-degree attempted robbery, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies in Rochester City Court.
Chess was out on $50,000 bond for allegedly raping three women he met on backpage.com, a website that features classifieds listings, including posts for escort services. He was charged with three separate counts of first-degree rape and first-degree robbery. The trial for those charges ended Sept. 27 in a mistrial with a new one scheduled for January.
According to court documents, in the latest two incidents Chess allegedly contacted two women, also through backpage.com. Chess allegedly met the women in Rochester and attempted to rob one of the woman's cell phone at gunpoint and took the other woman’s purse.
The first incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, when he allegedly met a 23-year-old woman at 549 Ridgeway Ave.
Chess allegedly had the woman come up a driveway of a home he claimed was his residence and then grabbed her from behind, stuck a gun in her back, and tried to force her to hand over her phone, according to court papers. The woman fought with him and when she turned, she saw him pointing the gun at her. Chess was said to have pushed her and then ran away.
In the second incident on Oct. 26, Chess allegedly had a 21-year-old woman he contacted meet him about 1:10 a.m. at 265 Ridgeway Ave. near his residence. During a physical struggle with Chess, the woman maced him and he ran away with her purse, which had some cash in it, according to the court papers.
His bail was set at $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court Monday.