Man jailed, charged in rape of teen, 13


Staff report

Austintown

A Mansfield man is in Mahoning County jail in lieu of $250,000, accused in the rape of a teenage girl.

Township police charged Loman J. Cochran, 48, on Sunday in the rape of a 13-year-old girl at her Purdue Avenue home.

He was arraigned Monday in Mahoning County Area Court here. No plea was accepted, and he will return to court Feb. 6 for a pretrial hearing.

Cochran is accused of attacking the victim in her bedroom about 11:50 p.m. Saturday, according to a police report.

The victim told police she woke up with Cochran naked on top of her. She said she screamed for help and struggled to push him away.

The victim’s mother told police Cochran is a friend who was staying the night on the couch.

Shortly after she went to bed, the victim’s mother said she and her son both heard the victim screaming, and when they ran to her room they saw Cochran walking out of her bedroom naked.

Police found his boots and underwear in the victim’s bedroom, and his pants were found just outside the bedroom door.

Cochran told police he took his clothes off and got into the bed because he thought it was the victim’s mother’s bedroom.

He was transported to ValleyCare Northside Medical Center and treated for injuries sufered during a fight with the victim’s brother after he saw Cochran coming out of her room.

Police picked Cochran up at the hospital Sunday afternoon. He was processed by Austintown police then transported to the jail.

Also Monday, detectives were searching for two juveniles suspected in the robbery of a 17-year-old male Sunday night at Taco Bell on Mahoning Avenue.

Detective Sgt. Kathy Dina said that as of Monday evening the suspects, both 17, were not in custody. They are white males who were driving a red pickup truck.

The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday in the Taco Bell parking lot. The victim told police he and several friends met at the restaurant.

As the victim left the restaurant behind the suspects, one asked him for a cigarette, according to a police report.

The victim handed both suspects a cigarette and began getting into the back of his friend’s car when one of the suspects approached again and asked him how much money he had, the report said.

The suspect then lifted his shirt to reveal a black semiautomatic handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants. The victim handed him $50.

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