Man charged with raping woman at Columbus bus stop

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Franklin County 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 5:20am, October 24, a 51-year-old woman was waiting at a COTA bus stop in the area of Sullivant and S. Glenwood avenues, when Antwan Blackwell, 39, approached her and pulled a gun. 

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

“This woman was waiting to catch the 5:20 am 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,” said O’Brien

After the alleged 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 (F-1) Kidnapping with Specification, six counts of (F-1) Rape with Specification, and one count of (F-3) Having Weapon Under Disability.

Blackwell is scheduled to be arraigned November 13. 

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