April 24, 2014

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Man broke into woman’s house, raped her, police say

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A LaGrange man is facing rape and other charges after he allegedly forced his way into the North Ridgeville home of a woman he knew and sexually assaulted her on Sunday.

North Ridgeville police Lt. Greg Petek said that Jeffrey Newcomb, 29, was arrested at his home about an hour after the assault was reported by the woman around 7:30 a.m.

Petek said both Newcomb and the alleged victim are hearing impaired.

According to an affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for Newcomb’s clothing and electronic devices — the victim told police he may have used a cell phone or video camera to record the attack — the woman told officers that she woke up to find Newcomb naked in her bedroom.

He then jumped on top of her, ripped her clothes off and sexually assaulted her, North Ridgeville Detective Josh Riley wrote in the affidavit. The woman told police that during the attack, Newcomb put his hand over her nose and mouth and tried to choke her.

The woman told police that she fought against Newcomb and tried to scream for help as well. She also signed to him that her children needed her, Riley wrote.

“She felt he was trying to kill her,” Petek said.

Petek said the woman had visible bruises on her body when police arrived.

The woman reported that she had received threatening text messages from Newcomb in the past and was so terrified that he would attack her that she propped up chairs against the doors leading into her house when she went to bed at night, Riley wrote.

Petek said it’s unclear exactly how Newcomb got a door unlocked to force his way into the house, but he broke a chair during the break-in.

Newcomb has a prior conviction for attempted felonious assault.

In addition to the rape charge, Newcomb also is charged with domestic violence and aggravated burglary. He remains in the Lorain County Jail.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.