LIMA — A Lima man who police say robbed and beat two female escorts he contacted to engage in sexual activity for hire was arraigned Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Anthony Prince Sr., 38, entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping, all felonies of the first degree.
According to a narrative by Detective Steve Stechschulte of the Lima Police Department, at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 23, a 36-year-old white female, who had posted an advertisement on an internet site offering sex for hire, arrived at a location in the 1000 block of North Main Street in Lima to meet a man. The woman told police that after arriving at the address, the man approached her from across the street, grabbed her by the hair and throat and attempted to drag her to the rear of the residence.
As the two struggled, the woman said, the man later identified as Prince threatened to kill her and then cut her neck with either an object or his fingernail. The man attempted to steal the woman’s purse, at which point she screamed loudly to summon someone waiting for her in a car parked nearby. The man fled on foot, according to the police report.
One week later, an almost identical incident occurred, police say, when an unknown white male lured a female escort into a different home on North Main Street for the purpose of sexual activity for hire. The woman told police he assaulted her and attempted to rob her during the encounter.
An investigation into the incidents led police to identify Prince as a possible suspect, and both victims made a positive identification of him in a photo lineup.
According to court documents, Prince confessed to luring the two females to the homes and further confessed to assaulting them and using force to steal money from them to support his cocaine habit.