ELYRIA — Two Lorain men are charged with rape and kidnapping for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman after offering to repair her car’s flat tire.
Thomas Trent, 45, of Liberty Avenue, and Robert Woods, 44, of Globe Avenue, each were indicted on counts of kidnapping and rape by a Lorain County grand jury, according to secret indictments unsealed this week.
Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the men allegedly offered to help a woman with a flat tire at a gas station.
“A woman was at the gas station on Leona Street, by Midway Mall. She has a tire that is either flat or is losing air, and she is trying to do something with it,” Will said. “These two came over and offered to help her change the tire.”
The two men didn’t have the lug wrench needed to change the tire, though, so they convinced the woman to go to a garage near the intersection of West River Road and state Route 254, Will said.
Once there, the men offered the woman a drink, which Will said he believes was alcoholic.
“While (the men) were supposedly repairing her vehicle, she was assaulted by three individuals,” Will said. “These two were identified.”
Will said an investigation into the alleged incident is ongoing to determine whether a third man was involved and, if so, what his name is.
Woods and Trent were both released from Lorain County Jail after posting bond, according to jail records.