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Columbus Police Suspect Alleged Kidnapper of Multiple Rapes

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- Police have used DNA evidence to link a kidnapping suspect to a series of rapes, according to investigators.

Officers were led to Samuel Eromosele in August by a woman who claimed she had been forced to enter a silver car near a carryout on the 1300 block of E. Livingston Ave. in August, and was then driven to an apartment complex.

The victim told police she caused a scene during the ride, which prompted Eromosele to release her. She was able to document Eromosele's license plate number as he drove away, according to investigators, leading to the suspect's arrest a short time later in Gahanna.

Police collected Eromoseles DNA during that arrest, and used it to connect him to a series of other crimes, including two rapes (August, 2011 and July, 2012) on E. 11th Ave., and another on S. High St. that also occurred in July, 2012.

Investigators believe surveillance footage from a S. High St. gas station shows Eromosele with the victim, who called 911 to report the rape after she was released by her attacker.

"He made me get in his car, and he brought me all the way out here at some apartment complex, and raped me, and took all my money and my phone," the victim told a dispatcher.

Eromosele, 29, posted bond after being charged with kidnapping and robbery. Additional charges could be filed when his case goes before the Franklin County Grand Jury.
 
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