Russian rape suspect arrested in Boardman

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Russian man was arrested in Boardman early Friday morning after his visa expired at midnight.

But his visa expiring is just part of what the man was wanted for by police.

Boardman police and officials from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Vladimir Lutunov just after midnight at an apartment complex off Shields Road in Boardman after his visa expired.

Lutunov is wanted by Russian police in Moscow in connection to seven rape cases.

According to a report from the Boardman Police Department, a child and his wife live in the apartment with him.

Neighbor Kawanjula Harden confirmed that Lutunov did not live alone and said that the family kept to themselves.

“We will be in the car port, we will see them, but they will not even look at us or say anything to us,” Harden said. “We did not know too much about them.”

Harden has a family of her own and was frightened to learn that one of her apartment-mates was wanted for rape in another country.

“It is really shocking to me because I have a baby,” Harden said. “I am only 20 and my roommate is 19. That is just crazy.”

It is unclear how long Lutunov has been in the country and specifically in the Boardman area.

It is also unknown how he received a visa.

Harden hopes to return to a quiet life in Boardman after an eventful evening.

“We are just normal people living in Boardman, Ohio, and (this) man just got arrested,” Harden said. “That is crazy.”

A spokesperson with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that Lutunov was here legally on a temporary visa that was issued this summer.

He is in ICE custody pending his return to Russia.

Boardman police said Lutunov has no record here locally and is not believed to be involved in any unsolved rape cases.

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