Rape suspect to go to court after standoff with police
The woman got free and used a cell phone to call for help, police said.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
HOWLAND -- A 34-year-old township man was to appear in court today after holding police at bay at his home for about 21/2 hours.
Dennis Stambolia of Perkins-Jones Road was arrested on charges of rape and assault about 9 p.m. Sunday by the Trumbull County Sheriff's Department SWAT team, which entered the home and found him hiding in the attic.
"It was a peaceful ending," said Lt. Donald Bishop of Warren Township Police Department.
Woman called police
Police were called to Stambolia's home around 6:40 p.m. by the victim.
Police said a woman in her 30s, whom the suspect knows, was tied naked in the basement of the house for several hours. She was able to escape from the house and use a cellular phone to call for help.
She was in stable condition this morning at a local hospital.
Deputy sheriffs and police from the city of Warren and Howland, Bazetta and Warren townships were sent to the scene.
"When officials got to the house, we couldn't get an answer from the defendant," Bishop said. "We tried calling on the phone, but he wouldn't pick it up. We tried to get him out of the house, but nothing worked."
Police waited about 21/2 hours before entering the home, Bishop said.
Stambolia was expected to be arraigned today.
Bishop said Stambolia and the woman attended a wedding Saturday and then camped out near a home in Warren Township.
On Sunday morning, Stambolia asked the woman to help him rob a house, and when she refused, he assaulted and raped her, Bishop said.
"We received a call around noon from a Warren Township resident who told us the woman was assaulted, but when we got to the area we could not locate anyone," Bishop said.
Police said that after the assault in Warren Township, Stambolia took the woman to his home.
Bishop and Howland Police Chief Steve Lamantia said the SWAT team and all the departments that responded to the call did a "fantastic job."
"There was excellent cooperation from everyone involved," Lamantia said.