Lima man charged with rape, attempted murder



LIMA — A Lima man charged with rape and attempted murder in connection with an attack in May against a female is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Donald Collins III, 35, was indicted earlier this month by an Allen County grand jury on seven felony counts, including two counts each of rape and kidnapping, along with single counts of attempted murder and aggravated burglary, all felonies of the first degree, and a second-degree felony count of felonious assault.

The charges allege that on or about May 19 Collins did purposely compel the woman to submit to sexual conduct by force of threat of force, did cause the woman to suffer physical harm and did attempt to purposely cause her death.

According to court records deputies with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched on the evening of May 19 to a residence on Agerter Road after a caller said he heard a neighbor screaming for help. When deputies arrived the alleged victim was found with fresh blood on her body and was suffering from numerous injuries.

She told deputies she had been attacked by Collins. She said the attack lasted for approximately two hours and included Collins’ attempt to choke her with a fan cord and his hands. Collins then forced himself on the victim sexually, she said.

Deputies found Collins running, nude, along Agerter Road. He was taken into custody and the alleged victim was taken to a Lima hospital for treatment.

Collins is being held on a $500,000 bond. A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 5.


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