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Local man accused of breaking into home, raping woman

Cary Ashby • Jul 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested a rape and burglary suspect near the alleged victims' Clinton Road home early Sunday.

Jeffrey G. Knox, 37, of 1846 Clinton Road, Collins, was charged with rape and aggravated burglary. Detective Rich Larson said the suspect, whom the victims don't know, entered the residence and reportedly sexually assaulted a woman who was staying at the house.

"He (Knox) lives in the area where the assault took place. ... He was not invited there in any shape or form," Larson said.

"The victim is 28 years old. She is from out of the area," the detective added.

Sheriff Dane Howard said the road deputies and Larson worked diligently on the case all through the night and all day Sunday.

"These cases are very difficult. These cases destroys people's lives, so it's hard on the detectives as well," he said.

Howard added he's confident the detectives will complete the investigation and bring the case to prosecutors for the filing of formal charges.

Sgts. Bill Duncan and Chuck Summers responded to the call, which came into the sheriff's office at 2:31 a.m.

"The road units were working on it and then they called me in on it," Larson said.

The detective was asked how Knox reportedly entered the victims' house.

"We have some conflicting information from other people at the house," said Larson, who declined to elaborate due to the ongoing investigation.

"When he (Knox) was confronted by other people at the house, he fled. He was apprehended a short distance from the house," the detective said.

The victim didn't sustain any physical injuries.

"She was transported to Firelands hospital for treatment," Larson said.

A sexual assault nurse examined and evaluated the woman.

"All the evidence will be submitted to BCI for testing," Larson said, referring to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The sheriff's office interviewed Knox, the suspected victims and witnesses.

"(Knox) had been drinking earlier that night," Larson said. "We have an admission from him he was in the house. ... Sgt. Duncan was the one who interviewed Mr. Knox."

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