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Youngstown police seek suspect in rape

Published: Mon, June 13, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


Police are searching for a suspect accused of kidnapping, raping and shooting a 41-year-old Youngstown woman with a stun gun.

Police said the rape occurred about 2:35 a.m. Saturday. The woman told officers that she was leaving the Deja Vu Bar at Market Street and Hylda Avenue when a gray four-door older model car approached her and the driver told her to get in the vehicle, according to reports.

Police said the woman thought the man had a handgun and later realized it was a stun gun.

The man drove the woman to Warren, firing the stun gun at her head multiple times and punching her in the face, reports state.

He drove to Warren and pushed her out of the car in a vacant lot, where he wrestled her out of her pants and underwear and forcefully had sex with her while he also shouted expletives, police said.

Then the man told the woman to flee or else he would run her over with his car, according to reports.

Officers said the woman knocked on several doors and found a resident who called police and an ambulance for her.

She was taken to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where Youngstown and Warren police took the report just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

In the report, police noted the woman showed visible signs of the attack, such as a swollen shoulder, bloody mouth and badly scraped knee.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot black man weighing about 250 pounds who appeared to be in his mid-30s. He was wearing a blue baseball hat and black T-shirt.

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