Man charged with raping woman at bus stop

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An Ohio grand jury has indicted a man on charges he raped a woman at a Columbus bus stop.

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, at about 5:20 a.m. on Oct. 24, a 51-year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop in the area of Sullivant and South Glenwood avenues, 39-year-old when Antwan Blackwell approached her and pulled a gun. 

O’Brien said Blackwell then ordered the victim to a nearby vacant area where he raped her. 

“This woman was waiting to catch the 5:20 a.m. COTA bus to get to work, when she was grabbed by a stranger at gun point, led into an alley and behind a store, where she was repeatedly raped by this defendant,” O’Brien said.

After the sexual assault, Blackwell left the scene and the victim called the police. 

The victim had a sexual assault exam completed, which was submitted to the crime lab for testing. 
A DNA profile was obtained and it came back with a CODIS match belonging to Blackwell, according to O’Brien.

Blackwell was indicted on eight counts including: one count of didnapping with specification, six counts of rape with specification, and one count of having weapon under disability.

Blackwell is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 13. 

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