Man indicted for rape of woman waiting at Columbus bus stop

Antwan Blackwell (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A man was indicted on multiple charges in connection to a rape of a woman who was waiting for a bus on the west side of Columbus.

The Franklin County Grand Jury returned an eight-count indictment on 39-year-old Antwan Blackwell for one count of kidnapping, six counts of rape and one count of having a weapon under disability.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says the incident happened around 5:15 a.m. on Oct. 24. The 51-year-old woman was waiting at a COTA bus stop at the intersection of Sullivant Avenue and S. Glenwood Avenue when Backwell allegedly approached her at gunpoint.

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O'Brien says Blackwell ordered the victim to walk to a nearby vacant area, where it is alleged in the indictment that Blackwell repeatedly raped her and then left the scene. Soon after, the victim called police.

The victim had a sexual assault exam completed which was submitted to the crime lab for testing. The prosecutor's office says a DNA profile was obtained and it came back with a match belonging to Blackwell.

Blackwell has multiple domestic violence convictions dating back 21 years. He had most recently been released from prison in March.

He is set to be arraigned on the charges on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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