Wednesday, November 24, 1999

Suspect held in library attacks

18-year-old charged with attempted rape

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Keith Mustin
        Cincinnati police arrested an 18-year-old Mount Airy man late Tuesday and charged him with two counts of attempted rape at the public library downtown. The incidents occurred Monday and in September.

        Arrested was Keith Mustin, who police said could face additional charges. They are also looking for a man suspected of gross sexual imposition at the library in August.

        Mr. Mustin fits the description, police said.

        Investigators began questioning Mr. Mustin after two library security workers saw him in the building Tuesday.

        “Whenever we have someone out here who is attempting to attack women, it is always wonderful to make an arrest and get that individual off the street,” said Sgt. Daniel Oliver of the personal crimes unit.

        If convicted, Mr. Mustin faces up to 10 years in prison for each count. Police think he was involved in an attempted rape Monday and one Sept. 24 at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.

        On Sept. 24, a 15-year-old girl told police that a man tried to rape her in a restroom.

        Cincinnati police said the man grabbed the teen from behind and covered her mouth. Then he forced her into the men's third-floor restroom at about 6:50 p.m., where he attempted to have sex with her. The girl broke free of the man, who fled.

        In Monday's attack, a 21-year-old West Chester woman was on the west stairwell about 3 p.m. when a man tried to hold her down and remove her clothes. The man fled when the woman began screaming.

Guards on duty
        Library spokeswoman Amy Banister said there are no plans to increase security at the library. She said the library has 53 security cameras in the building, as well as 24-hour security guards and Cincinnati police officers during public hours. There were nine security officers on duty when Monday's attack occurred.

        “We have very extensive security procedures in place,” Ms. Banister said.

        Mr. Mustin has been accused of rape before.

        Last week, a Hamilton County jury acquitted him of two counts of rape.

        According to court records, that alleged incident occurred in July.

        The jury acquitted Mr. Mustin on Nov. 16.

        Anyone with more information on the library attacks is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Division's personal crimes unit at 352-6474 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

        Marie McCain contributed to this report.


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