Authorities: Man charged in sexual assaults of 7 Ohio women

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of sexually assaulted seven women between 1993 and 2003 has been indicted on numerous charges of rape and kidnapping in northeast Ohio.

A statement from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office says 58-year-old Jonas Rhodes was charged this week with 18 counts of rape and 12 counts of kidnapping linked to the sexual assaults of seven women between 1993 and 2003. The release says the Cleveland man allegedly targeted women walking in city neighborhoods and brandished either a gun or knife during the attacks.

Authorities say the charges stemmed from identical DNA found in seven rape kits submitted for testing by Cleveland police.

Rhodes’ attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment on his client’s behalf.

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