Tale of Two Cities: Lima woman raped, OKC woman escapes attack in church

Man charged in gun-point abduction rape

LIMA - A local man accused in the abduction and rape of a woman was indicted by the grand jury on numerous charges this week.

A 31-year-old woman was abducted by a man with a gun as she left a business in the 1000 block of West Market Street about 6 p.m. on Nov. 15, said Jana Gutman, an assistant Allen County prosecutor.

The woman was taken to a residential location in Lima and raped. The suspect also robbed the woman of money and stole her car, Gutman said.

Following the rape, the woman notified police, who less than an hour later spotted her car, Gutman said.

Meanwhile, in a neighboring state that allows its law-abiding citizens to a carry concealed handgun for self-defense, a shockingly similar story had a much different ending for this woman, who was fortunate enough to have been carrying a concealed weapon:

Friday, Oklahoma City, OK, 4/10/81

Donna Stotts, a janitor at an Oklahoma City church, arrived at 3 a.m. to clean floors when she was attacked by a rapist, who slashed her with a switchblade knife. Wiping the blood from her eyes, she pulled a .32 cal. automatic and put the attacker to flight. "If he had've come any closer I probably would have shot him," she said.

• Every day that Ohio's Republican leadership waits to pass concealed carry reform increases the defenseless victim list in our state. Ohio's unconstitutional ban on carrying a concealed weapon is, like all other laws, continually ignored by the very criminals the law seeks to restrain.

Contact information for the area's elected officials is provided below:

State House of Representatives
>Rep. John Williamowski (R-4)
Phone: (614) 466-9624
Fax: (614) 644-9494

State Senate
Sen. Jim Jordan (R-12)
Phone: (614) 466-7584

Click here to read the entire story in the Lima News.

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