Suspect in Ashland abduction has long criminal record

Records from several Ohio counties show arrests and charges against the 40-year-old going back to 1996

Shawn Grate is charged with abducting a woman in Ashland after police rescued her and found three bodies.
This photo provided by Ashland County Sheriff Office shows Shawn M. Grate. Grate, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio in connection to the investigation of a rescued abductee and the discovery of the remains of two people in the home where he was arrested. (Ashland County Sheriff Office /The Times Gazette via AP)

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) – Records show an Ohio man arrested after the report of an abduction led to the discovery of three bodies has a long criminal record and served prison time for burglary.

Shawn Grate remained jailed Wednesday on an abduction charge as authorities identified one of the bodies and continued working to identify the other remains and collect evidence.

Shawn Grate is charged with abducting a woman in Ashland after police rescued her and found three bodies.
This photo provided by Ashland County Sheriff Office shows Shawn M. Grate. Grate, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio in connection to the investigation of a rescued abductee and the discovery of the remains of two people in the home where he was arrested. (Ashland County Sheriff Office /The Times Gazette via AP)

Records from several Ohio counties show arrests and charges against the 40-year-old going back to 1996, including abduction, theft, domestic violence, burglary, assault and drug abuse.

The state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says Grate served time for burglary beginning in 1997.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Grate, who is homeless, has an attorney.

The Ashland County Prosecutor said a decision about any additional charges will come Thursday.

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