November 23, 2014


Man charged with assaulting Lorain girl

LORAIN — A Lorain woman awoke in the middle of the night last week to a shocking sight: A man in her home was sexually assaulting her pre-teen daughter just outside of her room, police said.

Michael Pinkney, 32, of 137 Bohannon Court in Elyria, was charged with gross sexual imposition and rape for the incident that took place about 2:15 a.m. April 23 in a house on the 300 block of West Ninth Street in Lorain.

Pinkney was arrested about 5:30 p.m. that same day at his mother’s house on the 1100 block of Washington Avenue, police said.

The woman, who got up in the night to go to the bathroom, police said, grabbed a phone to call police, but the man — later identified as Pinkney — pulled his pants up, grabbed the phone from her and threw it on the floor before running from the house, the report said.

The woman followed him outside and Pinkney yelled, “You don’t understand, it’s not what you think. You’re going to ruin my life,” and fled westbound down West Ninth Street, the police report said.

The woman’s daughter said Pinkney pushed her face into a pillow, keeping her from making a sound, and raped her, the report said.

The woman told police Pinkney might have forced himself into the house through a door on the east side of the building that wasn’t closed all the way.

Police found Pinkney’s jacket on a dining chair inside the house. Outside, police dogs tracked Pinkney’s scent to a house on the 300 block of West Eighth Street where Pinkney’s sister lived. They searched his sister’s house, his mother’s house and his house in Elyria but couldn’t find Pinkney immediately after the incident.

Police returned to Pinkney’s mother’s house about 5:15 p.m. that day. When they arrived, Pinkney’s mother told police that he was there. Officers found him in the attic and took him to Lorain County Jail, where he was held on a $1 million bond Wednesday.

An hour after the arrest, the woman whose daughter was assaulted told police Pinkney’s family members were calling and texting her, threatening to get her if they saw her outside, according to a police report.

The woman and her daughter were staying elsewhere, police said.

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

  • Kim

    What, the family is threatening the victim??!! They are as bad as the pedophile! What POS people!

    • golfingirl

      Get a CCW and protect yourself and your daughter.

      If he comes back, just shoot it right off.

      • Barbara Radke

        No CCW just carry the puppy on your hip so everyone knows you have it. Why conceal?

    • brenda


  • Guest

    He’s probably lucky the mother didn’t own a gun! Or she may have been going to court for first degree murder like that guy in Colorado who got two life sentences for killing two teen intruder’s.

  • ExVaultDweller

    He’s probably lucky the mother didn’t own a gun! Or she may have been going to court for first degree murder like that guy in Colorado who got two life sentences for killing two teen intruder’s. Yes, I am saying that our court system is screwed up & are starting to be on the criminal’s side.

    • Mr. Wonderful

      That sick dude in CO deserved the penalty for his actions. He does not represent us as gun owners.

  • jj

    Sounds like they need to lock up the whole family.

    • Bob

      Sound like that whole family is freaken nuts.

      But I am sure there are some good people in that family. There name is just being tarnished by the dirt bag and some people who think it’s right to threaten a preteen victim and her mother.

  • Bob

    Hey Pinkney family. Come find me if you want to threaten someone. But you damn well better be able to back up your threats. Because me and my friends will be more then happy to kick all your butts.

  • brenda

    How do you have the nerve to threaten the victim n her family!! I don’t understand! I’ll come stay with the family I can hve a little practice!

  • bdid.d

    How did his family have this girl’s phone #??

  • Nick Noneya

    Society made him do it!!!

  • Drapery Loft

    scum bag should be charged with attempted murder…the little girl is only 11
    and will have this memory forever

  • Drapery Loft

    this is the same family who a year ago had a baby crawling outside towards the street…google pinkney lorain ohio. I sure hope other children are not suffering because of this man