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SALINEVILLE Police arrest man in abduction, rape



Published: Tue, January 22, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The girl spotted a prescription bottle in the suspect's car, which police say aided investigators in making an arrest.

By NORMAN LEIGH

VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

SALINEVILLE -- A 31-year-old village man is to appear in Columbiana County Southwest Municipal Court on Wednesday to answer charges stemming from the weekend kidnapping and rape of a 16-year-old girl.

The suspect, an autoworker who lives on Walnut Ridge, and the girl did not know each other. The crime was random, Police Chief Michael Abraham said today.

Investigators have determined that the girl was abducted either in front of or inside a coin-operated laundry on the 100 block of East Main Street about 1 p.m. Sunday, Abraham said.

The man was armed with a .40-caliber handgun, which he produced in ordering the girl into his car.

He handcuffed her and drove her to a secluded spot within the village, Abraham said. He declined to elaborate on the location, saying that information is part of a continuing investigation.

At the crime scene, Abraham said, the man removed the girl from the car, raped her and struck her.

At some point he removed the handcuffs, but before leaving the girl, he bound and gagged her with duct tape, the police chief said.

She eventually freed herself and traveled about a quarter mile to a house along state Route 39. Police were called about 2:40 p.m.

The girl was treated at East Liverpool City Hospital.

Key clues: Police were aided in finding the suspect by the girl's description of him and the fact that she saw a name on a prescription medication bottle that was inside the vehicle.

Authorities went to the man's home and brought him to the station for questioning. He was placed under arrest Sunday evening. They intend to file charges today of rape and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies.

The man faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years for each of the offenses if convicted.

He was being held in the county jail this morning. A bond has yet to be set.




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