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Rape, robbery suspects nabbed

Cary Ashby • Apr 9, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Wakeman police arrested two area men on felony warrants — a wanted rapist and robber — and found suspected drug paraphernalia in the vehicle Monday.

The Wakeman Police Department received a call about 6:30 p.m. about an erratic driver heading westbound on East Main Street in the village. A concerned driver had contacted the state Highway Patrol, which forwarded the information to police.

Officer Steve Howard spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it on Hyde Street.

“The vehicle continued to travel westbound, eventually coming to a stop on (U.S.) 20 near Fitchville River Road. The driver, who was later identified as Jonathon Minaya, age 25, of North Olmsted, attempted to give the officer his cousin’s identification,” Chief Tim Hunker said.

“He (Minaya) told the officer that when he came to this country from the Dominican Republic that the officials had put down the wrong information on his I.D. He also said that his date of birth was either March 25 or 26,” the chief added.

The officer ran the suspect’s information as Minaya and discovered he was wanted on a felony warrant out of the Westlake Police Department. Minaya was arrested on an aggravated robbery warrant.

“There was a prescription vial found with multiple pills and a brownish powder wrapped in paper. All items were seized as evidence and will be sent to BCI for testing. Drug charges may follow,” Hunker said.

The other occupant was identified as Christopher D. Young, 27, of Cleveland.

“Young had a felony warrant out of the University Heights Police Department for rape. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Huron County Jail by the Ohio State (Highway) Patrol,” Hunker said.

Police had the vehicle towed and secured.

“Both occupants’ warrants had a pick up radius of anywhere in the United States,” Hunker said.

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