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Woman with hands, feet bound escapes alleged abductor, rapist


GROTON TWP. — Rape, kidnapping and weapons charges have been filed against a Bellevue man in connection to a sexual assault Friday in which the victim, her hands and feet bound, broke free from a camper and crawled 50 feet in search of help.

The Lorain woman, 31, was found by a passing motorist about 2 p.m. in Erie County, lying naked and bound by the side of Strecker Road. Her alleged captor, 38-year-old Brian Jury of Bellevue, was seen by police in Lorain soon after and taken into custody.

The woman’s ordeal began hours earlier with a seemingly routine Friday morning. She told police that as she was walking to a Lorain store at about 9 a.m., Jury drove up next to her at West 19th Street and Washington Avenue and offered her a ride, which she accepted. The two had met once before, although Jury had given her a false name at that time, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

According to her account, once she was in the vehicle, Jury immediately pulled out a gun, bound her hands behind her back and drove 40 miles to his camper at 10701 Strecker Road in Bellevue.

Once there, he allegedly raped the woman repeatedly, then bound her feet together, taped her mouth and left her in the camper. As he left, Jury told the woman that he would kill her if she tried to escape, according to a police report.

The woman heard Jury’s truck pull out of the driveway before she started trying to break free from the camper. Eventually, she was able to get through the camper door and managed to crawl almost 50 feet to the road.

She was found lying near the road by a passing motorist and an off-duty Erie County Sheriff officer. Her arms and feet were bound with electrical zip ties and tape, Sigsworth said. The woman was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries.

Using the victim’s description of the events and knowledge of Jury’s identity from his residence at 10701 Strecker Road, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and the Lorain Police Department began a search for Jury.

He was found four hours later, riding a motorcycle on West Erie Avenue in Lorain. As police took him into custody, they found a loaded .22-caliber revolver in his right pocket and a loaded 9 mm hi-point semi-automatic pistol in his left pocket, according to the police report.

Jury refused to answer questions when police took him into custody, and he was charged with two counts of carrying concealed weapons and one count of obstructing official business in Lorain. Erie County Sherriff’s Department also has filed rape and kidnapping charges against Jury.

Sigsworth attributes the swift capture of Jury to a successful collaboration between multiple law enforcement departments in Lorain and Erie counties.

“I can’t say enough about (the Lorain Police Department’s) efforts,” Sigsworth said, adding that the Sandusky Police Department and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office also were instrumental in the apprehension.

Jury is being held at Lorain County Jail on a $200,000 bond for his two weapons charges and his obstruction charge. His next hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Lorain Municipal Court.

After his hearing in Lorain, Jury will be taken to Erie County to face the charges of rape and kidnapping, Sigsworth said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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