Cuyahoga County

Lorain man indicted for preying on young girls


A 29-year-old Lorain County man has been indicted on charges including Rape and Kidnapping, stemming from two shockingly brazen attacks that targeted young girls in Cleveland and Elyria, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced this afternoon.

The Grand Jury today charged Justin A. Christian with three counts of Rape, eight counts of Kidnapping, two counts of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Tampering with Evidence.

Mr. Christian was arrested in Lorain Friday night by police officers from Cleveland and Elyria and FBI agents. He is currently being held in Cuyahoga County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on December 8.

The Elyria incident occurred on February 25, 2016, when a man tried to pull a 10-year-old girl from her bed through an open window. The girl escaped from the assailant and ran to her father’s bedroom.

On May 21, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a six-year-old Cleveland girl was snatched from her home on West 104th Street and driven to a house where she was sexually assaulted. She was released by her abductor that evening.

During the intensive manhunt that ensued, FBI agents and investigators from the Cleveland Division of Police and the Elyria Police Department gathered evidence and followed up on hundreds of leads.

Speaking at a press briefing earlier today, Steve Anthony, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office, called the investigation a model of determination and cooperation that is “truly representative of the best in law enforcement.”

The investigators were assisted in the scientific analysis of evidence throughout by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Gilson and his Forsenic DNA supervisor, Dr. Nasir Butt, who made the original DNA match between the Elyria and Cleveland crimes.

A critical factor in pointing investigators toward Mr. Christian was the first-ever use in Ohio of familial DNA evidence generated by BCI.

“This is how law enforcement is supposed to work," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said at the press conference announcing Mr. Christian’s arrest.

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