A local man has been arrested after police say he kidnapped two women at
gunpoint and later raped one.
According to a report, Shakir H. Gant was arrested overnight Friday by
Columbus police SWAT officers in connection with a kidnapping and rape.
In the report the two female victims, ages 19 and 20, state that Gant
entered their vehicle in the area of North James Road and East Broad Street on
Thursday at about 3:02 a.m.
Gant allegedly forced them to drive at gunpoint and threatened to shoot the
victims if they did not comply. At one point, one of the victims was allowed to
leave the vehicle. The other female victim drove to an alley where Gant
allegedly sexually assaulted her. Gant then fled on foot.