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LISBON Charges will be added in rape case



Published: Sat, January 26, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police say the defendant has admitted the crimes.

By NORMAN LEIGH

VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

LISBON -- A Columbiana County grand jury will hear more evidence against a Salineville man accused in the kidnapping and rape of a teen-ager.

County Prosecutor Robert Herron said Friday he will ask the grand jury to hand up indictments charging Douglas Davis, 31, of 34688 Walnut Ridge, with additional crimes.

Davis is accused of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old Salineville girl Sunday. Authorities say the crime was random and that Davis did not know the girl.

Herron said any additional charges against Davis will be in Sunday's crime. He refused to elaborate on the nature of the evidence to be presented to the grand jury.

Davis appeared in county Southwest Municipal Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Responding to rumors of a threat against Davis, Sheriff Dave Smith ordered additional security and had Davis wear a bulletproof vest during his brief court appearance before Judge Mark Frost.

Davis was represented by Atty. Chris Amato of Wellsville.

Hearing delayed: Amato asked for and received a delay in the preliminary hearing to give him more time to prepare. Judge Frost reset the hearing for 1 p.m. March 4 at Southwest.

Davis is being held in the county jail with bond set at $500,000 cash.

He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on each charge.

The girl was abducted at gunpoint either in front of or inside a coin-operated laundry on East Main Street at about 1 p.m. Sunday.

Police say Davis forced the girl into his car and drove her to a remote area of the village.

In a court document filed earlier this week, police say Davis confessed abducting and raping the girl, then striking her head with a rock after binding her.

Davis also admitted covering the girl with discarded tires, police said. Authorities have refused to state where the crime occurred, saying that information is part of the ongoing investigation.

Davis has confessed as well to disposing of evidence in the crime, police said.

Amato declined to comment on Davis' supposed confession.

After Davis left the girl, she freed herself and sought help at a nearby home, police said.

She was treated at East Liverpool City Hospital.




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