Man to plead guilty to raping prostitutes

Donnell D. J. McMullen, 34, of 102 N. Florence Ave., is a suspect in two cases in May and one last month where the women alleged they were kidnapped and raped, at least two of them claiming a knife was held to their throat during the assault, according to police and court records.

A Clark County grand jury indicted him on nine counts of kidnapping and seven counts of rape.

As part of the deal, McMullen is pleading guilty. The specifics of the deal have not been outlined.

The first rape occurred May 6 when a 27-year-old Bellefontaine woman told police she was kidnapped at or near High and Race streets between 1 and 6 a.m.

Later that same month, a 27-year-old Lima woman told investigators she was walking in the area of Selma Road and East Street between 1 and 1:30 a.m. May 16 when she was working as a prostitute, according to court records. A man then pulled up next to her in a car, asked her to get in and how much it would cost for sex.

She agreed and he drove to an alley behind a store in the 1500 block of East Main Street and, when she told him he had to pay first, he pulled out a kitchen knife and forced her to have sex. She identified McMullen as the suspect from a photo line-up, according to court records.

On Oct. 23, a 23-year-old Springfield woman said she was walking on South Yellow Springs Street near West High Street about 1:10 a.m. when a man pulled up to the curb in a van, got out, grabbed her and forced her into the van, according to a police report.

The man then drove to an alley near the 1600 block of East Main Street, placed a knife to her throat and forced her to have sex, according to the police report.

The woman identified McMullen as the suspect from a police line-up, according to court records.

He was arrested Oct. 24.

According to court records, McMullen has past convictions of felonious assault, aggravated assault and aggravated robbery, has served multiple prison terms and is on parole for aggravated robbery.

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