Rape charges filed against Lima man

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com

LIMA — A Lima man pleaded not guilty during his arraignment hearing Friday morning in Allen County Common Pleas Court to multiple counts of rape, kidnapping, robbery and felonious assault.

The charges against Leon Prince, 51, of Lima, were returned by a recent session of the grand jury. Those charges include two counts of first-degree felony rape, a first-degree felony count of kidnapping and two second-degree felony counts that include robbery and felonious assault.

Prince, described in court documents as being known to police and others as “Cowboy,” is alleged to have threatened to kill a female acquaintance with a machete during a prolonged incident that began on the afternoon of July 23 in Lima.

According to court documents, a 911 call was placed by the alleged victim that led police to a home in the 500 block of East Fourth Street in Lima on the night in question. Officers checked several homes in the area but did not locate the victim.

A second 911 call was then received from the alleged victim and officers went to 758 E. Fourth St. and connected with the woman. She said a man known to her only as “Cowboy” had assaulted her and held her against her will for more than three hours. The man allegedly also threatened her with a machete throughout the incident, causing her to fear for her life, she told police.

The victim told police the man became angry at one point about a drug deal that had gone awry and struck her in the face with a closed fist. She later picked Prince out of a police lineup and identified him as her attacker.

A search warrant subsequently was executed at a residence at 517 E. Fourth St. and a machete and other evidence was found inside the home, according to court documents.


By J Swygart


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