Ashland abduction suspect has lengthy criminal history


A woman who reported Tuesday she was being held against her will led to the arrest of kidnapping suspect, Shawn Grate, and the discovery of three bodies in two Ohio counties.

CrimeTracker 10 searched dozens of police reports and court documents to uncover a disturbing pattern of violence against women by Grate.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says Grate went to prison in February 1997 for burglary. A judge granted him early release in October of that same year.

Two years later, in October 1999, accusations of violence against women surfaced in Marion County where court records show Grate cornered two women with a "long butcher knife."

The documents reveal Grate stopped one of the women from calling police by "wrapping his legs around her body" and hitting her while she was holding Grate's "child in her arms."

Grate pleaded guilty to abduction and was sentenced to five years’ probation.

ODRC says Grate went back to prison in March 2000 to serve the rest of his original sentence for burglary, and stayed behind bars until January 2003. CrimeTracker 10 discovered Grate didn't stay out of trouble for long.

A sheriff's report reveals less than a year after he got out of prison, deputies charged Gates with domestic violence after a woman said he was "hitting her" off and on for hours and showed deputies "marks all over her body."

It appears Grate’s most recent brush with the law came in 2010 when he was arrested for domestic violence in Crawford County, and accused of violating a protection order filed by the victim.