LIMA — The attorney for a Lima man accused of robbing and beating two female escorts he hired for sex has filed a motion to suppress statements his client made to police following his arrest.
Anthony Prince Sr., 38, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court briefly on Monday after his attorney, Kenneth Rexford, filed the motion on Nov. 11. Rexford and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Thines stipulated to the admission of an audio recording of the defendant being advised of his constitutional rights by Lima Police Department Detective Steve Stechschulte. Judge David Cheney will listen to the recording and will rule in the near future as to its inclusion in the suppression hearing.
Prince is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping, felonies of the first degree.
According to court documents, 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.
The woman said the man threatened to kill her and cut her neck. When the woman screamed loudly, her assailant fled on foot, according to the police report.
One week later, an almost identical incident occurred, police say, when a 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.
Both victims picked Prince out of a police photo lineup. According to court documents, he 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.
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