Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Comment foils rapist; jogger flees unharmed

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SHARONVILLE — A 53-year-old female jogger avoided an attempted rape early Tuesday with a strategy she learned in a self-defense class, police said.

        “She made a comment that caught him off guard,” said Sharonville Police Lt. Alan Hayes, asking that the remark not be publicized. While the man appeared stunned, the woman used the opportunity to flee, Lt. Hayes said.

        The suspect, whom police identified as David D. Ford, 23, of Loveland, was arrested shortly afterward in a section of the city that falls within Butler County. Most of the city is in Hamilton County.

        Lt. Hayes said he did not think Mr. Ford had a previous criminal record.

        Mr. Ford's physical features and alleged method of attack differ from those described in five unsolved serial rapes in Hamilton and Warren counties in 1998-99.

        As a precaution, though, authorities have collected a genetic sample for comparison to evidence in the other cases, Lt. Hayes said.

        A judge in Butler County Area III Court, West Chester Township, set Mr. Ford's bond at $50,000. He was in the Butler County Jail.

        Police accuse him of kidnapping, attempted rape, attempted robbery and assault.

        Police gave this account:

        The woman was jogging near the 7100 block of Lakewood Drive around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when a man forced her inside a dark-colored pickup truck.

        The attacker had been pulling off the woman's clothing, but she escaped and ran to a house where she called police.

        Shortly thereafter, officers found a suspect, later identified as Mr. Ford, in the area near the alleged attack. He and his green Ford F-150 pickup truck matched the description the woman had given police; after Mr. Ford was arrested, the woman identified him as the man who had attacked her, police said.


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