Authorities Ask for Public’s Help in Rape Suspect Search

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- U.S. Marshals are asking for the public’s help to find a man accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment and raping her.

Painesville police said on December 22, 2011, Melvin Allen, 29, forced his way into a woman's apartment on Argonne Drive, in the middle of the night, and raped her.

Police said Allen had briefly met the woman before, but otherwise, did not know her.

"He's a very dangerous individual. Again, he broke into a lady's house and raped her. He was serving time for rape. There's no telling what this guy can do," Pete Elliott, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio, said.

Allen was already a registered sex offender for having unlawful sexual contact with a child.

According to the sex offender registry, Allen was released from prison for that crime in 2009.

Allen was once registered to an address on Torbenson Drive on Cleveland's east side, but he is long gone from there.

Allen stands at 6'1" and weighs about 205 lbs.

"He's either in the Painesville, area, Lake County, or he could possibly be in the Cleveland area. We are not quite sure. We have been looking for him since October of 2012. He has been elusive. Again, we need your help apprehending him," Elliott said.

Anyone with information on Allen’s whereabouts is urged to call 1-866-4-WANTED.

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