Fri. 11:32 a.m.: Youngstown man indicted in 11 rapes involving two victims

YOUNGSTOWN — City man Dagoberto Gomez-Espinoza, 63, was indicted this week on 11 counts of rape, 10 counts of sexual battery and three counts of gross sexual imposition involving two young victims.

If convicted on the rape charges alone, he could get more than 100 years in prison. Prosecutors allege the rapes began in 1998 and continued until 2012.

In another case, the grand jury refused to indict Lynell Lockhart Jr., 25, of Youngstown, on felonious assault in a strange case involving an alleged arson on West Boston Avenue early Aug. 29.

Police were called to West Boston at 8:25 a.m. for an alleged arson and vehicle crash and found an unconscious man, 59, on the front porch of a house.

Near the man, police found a tire iron, sledgehammer an abandoned Jeep Latitude that was crashed into the front of the home at 490 W. Boston Ave.

Police referred to the injured man as being the suspect in an intentional fire at 570 W. Boston Ave., and the victim of a felonious assault involving the Jeep.

A man who called 911 regarding the fire said someone “just lit his house on fire” and told call takers he “beat the suspect up, and he is laying in a yard a couple of blocks” away.

Police did not get to talk to the victim of the felonious assault because of his injuries, the police report states. The fire left two adults and four children without a place to stay, so the American Red Cross was notified to assist them, the report states.

Also indicted was Javier A. Hill, 22, on improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or school safety zone with a three-year gun specification and five-year “drive-by shooting” gun specification, inciting to violence with a three-year gun specification, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Hill was charged after police accused him of being involved in an early morning shooting Aug. 8 on the North Side in which Hill said he and his sister had been assaulted at the Valley View apartments on Saranac Avenue. Residents of a home on Saranac reported that their home had been hit by gunfire at about the same time.


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