A family-friendly park near Downtown Columbus became the scene of a rape and robbery after a woman was attacked.
Police said that the victim was out with some people at a restaurant on Park Street when she separated from the group and walked back to her car, through Goodale Park. Investigators said that her attacker came out of nowhere.
Police arrested Abbas Ali in connection with the crime on Thursday. Ali, 24, was charged with rape, kidnapping and robbery.
Goodale Park is always a hot spot for people looking for exercise as well as peace and quiet. Park frequenters could not believe that a vicious crime occurred nearby.
“I feel like it's always pretty safe but when you hear something like that it makes you think twice,” Park-goer Sarah Sheriff said.
Police said that the victim was attacked during the early morning hours and that Ali could be responsible for other crimes in the area. She was able to get a good look at him and give police a description that led them to him.
“When you're in the area you've just got to keep your guard up. It's not very reassuring but just got to keep looking around and probably avoid it if you think it's dangerous,” Brian Thurow said.
Ali was ordered jailed without bond.
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