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Two suspected rapes being investigated

Cary Ashby • Mar 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The city police department received two separate rape complaints in the same day this weekend.

The first complaint came in at 1:06 a.m. Sunday. According to the report, an employee with The Bellevue Hospital said a woman in the emergency room "wanted to make a police report of a rape that took place at the Bellevue Hotel & Suites."

"She made it sound like the sexual assault just happened," said Bellevue Police Detective Eric Burt, who explained there were two suspected incidents involved in the woman's complaint.

"It's a girlfriend with her boyfriend of a week. She's 19. They've known each other since she was 16. They recently got back together," he said.

Burt said the woman had been staying in the hotel where her boyfriend works.

"She said she was smoking marijuana," he said, and she suspects she smoked "laced marijuana" earlier on March 18. "She thought it was because she got sick."

On March 18, the woman, her female friend and her boyfriend went to another hotel employee's room, which is next to the boyfriend's room. Burt said the complainant got sick and when she thought she might pass out, she had her friend get her boyfriend.

"She didn't know how long she was left alone. She said it felt like forever," the detective said. "When I talked to the friend, she said she was gone like two minutes."

The woman reported she possibly had been sexually assaulted.

"There was no real evidence of if that I can find," Burt said.

On Saturday, the same woman received information via Facebook that her boyfriend was accused of sexually assaulting "another girl in the past," Burt said.

When the boyfriend returned home, he and his girlfriend reportedly got into an argument. Burt said the woman accused the man of not letting her leave the hotel room, but he finally did.

In Toledo, a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) nurse examined the woman. Police dropped off the rape kit to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing.

Burt said the woman's story changed slightly from what she told the responding officer, his interview with her and what she told the nurse possibly because she had been smoking marijuana.

"She admitted to us she smoked marijuana. She's unsure what happened," the detective said.

Police received the second rape complaint at 8:10 p.m. Sunday also via The Bellevue Hospital emergency room.

Burt said the case involves a 24-year-old woman and a 18-year-old male acquaintance who is accused of "sexually assaulting her in the bedroom" when he went to the woman's residence. The suspected rape happened Thursday, but the woman didn't report it until Sunday.

"She said she was scared to report it," Burt said, due to fear of retaliation.

The detective said a SANE nurse didn't examine the woman due to her having "recent sexual relations" with her current boyfriend." Burt interviewed the complainant Monday and expects to interview more witnesses.

Both cases remain under investigation.

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