Urbana man indicted on rape, kidnapping charges for second time

An Urbana man has been indicted after a woman said he allegedly kidnapped and raped her at gunpoint.

Rick Evans, 60, of Urbana was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court this week on charges of rape, kidnapping, abduction and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

Evans was previously indicted on similar charges in July, but the case was dismissed because the alleged victim did not show up for the first day of the scheduled jury trial on Dec. 17, according to online court documents.

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Springfield police began their investigation into Evans on May 22 when they were contacted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, according to an affidavit filed with the case in Clark County Municipal Court. A Madison County lieutenant told authorities that a Springfield woman was found naked at an address in Madison County, the affidavit says, and that she had escaped from a man after being abducted in Springfield.

Springfield police responded to Madison County and spoke with the victim. The woman told police that she was in the area of West Main and South Shaffer streets when a white Dodge Ram truck circled around her and came back to where she was standing.

The woman said the man got out of the truck, pointed a gun at her and forced her into the vehicle. “(The victim) stated the defendant then began driving about the city of Springfield stating ‘you’re going to be mind forever,’” according to the affidavit.

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She said the man made several stops, including at a truck stop, the affidavit said. They then drove on Interstate 70 East into Madison County, where she said the alleged sexual assault began, the affidavit said.

“(The victim) stated during the assault she was able to escape the truck and flee to a nearby residence,” the affidavit said. “It was at this time law enforcement was called to assist.”

The next court date in the case has not been set. As of Wednesday afternoon, Evans was not listed as an inmate at the Clark County Jail.

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