Cleveland man indicted for raping two women, one man since 2001

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Darrell Blackmon (Photo courtesy Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)

CLEVELAND- A Cleveland man accused of raping three people since 2001 was arrested Thursday morning.

Darrell Blackmon, 52, was indicted on five counts of rape and three counts of kidnapping. Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputies and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents caught him at a home on East 131st Street in Cleveland.

“Any day we can take a serial rapist off the streets is a good day,” Ohio Attorney General DeWine said in a news release on Thursday. “From the lab testing to the investigative work, these cases are not easy to pursue, but well worth the investment. I’m very proud of the successful team effort, including our Agent Stipek in this particular case, all in an effort to protect Ohio families.”

According to the indictment, Blackmon raped women in 2001 and 2008, and a man in 2009. The victims told authorities they were living in shelters or boarding houses when they were attacked.

Rape kits from the two women matched an unknown suspect in October. The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force’s investigation later lead them to Blackmon, who they consider a serial rapist. He has been convicted of attempted felonious assault, escape and drug possession in the past, the prosecutor’s office said.

The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force has charged 259 defendants and completed 830 investigations since it was created.

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