Grand jury gets kidnapping, rape case

Cary Ashby • Nov 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

A rural Bellevue man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman could be indicted this week, authorities said.

Erie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Oliver presented the case to a grand jury Friday -- the same day about 25 law enforcement officers were searching the Strecker Road property where the suspect, Brian M. Jury, 38, had been living. Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said he doesn't think Jury had been staying there for long periods of time, but had called the property at 10701 Strecker Road home for "at least a year."

"He'd been purchasing the property on a land contract," Sigsworth said. "We understand he may have been living with a fiancée in Lorain at the time he was arrested."

FBI agents, Sandusky police detectives and two cadaver dogs from the Geauga County Sheriff's Office assisted Erie County sheriff's deputies with searching the property Friday.

"We were there about six hours," Sigsworth said. "Those (FBI) agents were made available to us at no cost. Their wages were being paid by the FBI."

Sigsworth said the search was done to make sure there weren't any items buried there "related to any other criminal activity." The sheriff said authorities found some animal bones buried in a plastic bag as well as some personal clothing which was identified by the property owner.

"We contacted the FBI evidence search team," Sigsworth said. "It was a large parcel of land and required a large amount of officers. It was about 15 acres there."

After Friday's search, deputies took a tarp and the animal remains to the sheriff's office for further examination. Sigsworth said if more processing is required, those items will be forwarded to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

FBI agents identified the animal bones.

"They were able to email an anthropologist with the FBI, who made the identification," Sigsworth said. "They did not find any human remains."

Jury, the suspect, was arrested Nov. 1, hours after a passing female motorist found a 31-year-old Vermilion woman naked, bound and gagged on the side of Strecker Road in Groton Township. Jury is accused of binding the victim's hands with zip ties and holding her at gunpoint from Lorain to the Strecker Road address, where he reportedly raped the woman five times in a small camper.

The woman told deputies she was walking in the Lorain area about 9 a.m. when Jury allegedly drove alongside her and offered her a ride. According to the report, the victim recognized the man from a previous, but undisclosed encounter.

"She told us he told her repeatedly he was going to kill her and was going to bury her," Sigsworth said.

After Jury left the camper, the victim was able to crawl out and roll to the side of the road, which was about 20 feet away.

Jury was arrested by Lorain police about 6:15 p.m. after a short chase in the city.

Presently, the suspect is in custody at the Lorain County Jail. He is charged with two felony counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business in connection with a Lorain Police Department investigation. Jury had been in the Lorain city jail until he was transferred to the county facility Nov. 4.

"We have a holder on him," Sigsworth said.

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