Truck driver convicted of kidnapping for sexually assaulting woman on side of turnpike

A South Carolina truck driver was convicted by a federal jury in Akron Thursday of kidnapping for sexually assaulting a woman and holding her against her will on the side of the turnpike in Hudson.

Anthony Ingram, 32, will be sentenced Feb. 27 by U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi.

“This case is an example of law enforcement working together to hold accountable a defendant who lured a woman with lies and then assaulted her,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a news release. “This man is looking at decades in prison, which is exactly where he belongs.”

Prosecutors say Ingram, a semi-truck driver from Travelers Rest, S.C., lured a woman into his truck in Michigan by promising her a ride to Indiana. He instead then drove in the opposite direction toward Maryland, claiming would take her to Indiana after delivering a shipment.

Ingram, though, pulled his truck off the side of the turnpike in Hudson Aug. 10 and sexually assaulted the woman while threatening her with a weapon.

The woman escaped from Ingram at a truck stop in Lima and called 911 from a restaurant. Police responded to the scene and Ingram fled in his truck, prosecutors say.

GPS records showed Ingram stopped 15 miles down the road. FBI and Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators found the woman’s clothing and cell phone discarded where Ingram stopped, prosecutors said.

Ingram also originally was charged with obstruction of justice but this was dismissed prior to the trial.

The FBI, Ohio and Pennsylvania highway patrols and the Beaver Township Police Department investigated, with assistance from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

Ingram was originally charged in Summit County with rape and kidnapping, but his case was dismissed because of a speedy-trial issue. He was then indicted in federal court in May.

The federal case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter Daly and Aaron Howell. Daly is a former assistant Summit County prosecutor.

Larry Whitney, who represented Ingram with fellow Akron attorney Maxwell Hiltner, declined to comment, except to say his client plans to appeal.

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