Cincy Felon Charged in Rape

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A Cincinnati man, who spent three years in prison for two different crimes in southern Ohio, is being held in the Trumbull County Jail on $350,000 bond for charges that say he raped a Warren woman last month.

Kevin Johns, 23, of Williamsburg Road, entered no plea Wednesday at his initial appearance in Warren Municipal Court on charges of first-degree felony rape, first-degree felony aggravated robbery, first-degree felony kidnapping and second-degree felony kidnapping.

The charges carry a maximum of 41 years in prison, but charges and penalties could change when the case is presented to a county grand jury.

Johns was arrested May 8 in Cincinnati by a U.S. Marshals task force and held in the Hamilton County Jail until Warren police picked him up on Tuesday, Hamilton County records say.  Warren police filed charges on April 29 and May 1.

Johns, reports say, is suspected of raping a 21-year-old woman at about 5:30 p.m. April 13. The reports do not list where the incident took place. Police Lt. Jeff Cole said the rape occurred in the 300 block of Kenilworth Avenue S.E.

Reports say the woman’s car keys and two cell phones were stolen. She went to Trumbull Memorial Hospital where police interviewed her, reports said. Another 32-year-old woman is listed on the report as an additional kidnapping victim, but the report does not give any other details and Cole, the department’s public relations officer, refused to provide an explanation of the charges.

Johns, according to a search of Hamilton County records, was convicted in two separate incidents in 2010.

He was sentenced to serve a total of three years in prison in 2010 for an assault and robbery that occurred three months apart. The criminal complaint for the aggravated robbery says Johns robbed someone while implying he had a handgun on Sept. 10, 2009.

Three months earlier he was arrested on charges that eventually led to the assault conviction. Hamilton County Sheriff’s reports say Johns struck a sheriff’s deputy working as a security officer inside a Cincinnati apartment complex. Reports say two women were arguing when the deputy tried to arrest her.

Johns then struck the deputy several times while a third man tried to pull the deputy off the woman being arrested. The woman eventually was charged with a variety of crimes, including vandalizing the sheriff’s cruiser by kicking the window.

Johns was charged with assaulting a police officer, which was eventually amended to misdemeanor assault. The deputy, reports say, suffered injuries to his left hand, left knee, face and neck.

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