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MANSFIELD -- A Mansfield man has been indicted for rape, which allegedly took place July 3, 2019, in an ally in downtown Mansfield.

Andre Bigsby, 47, and an unidentified male, allegedly attacked and raped a 57-year-old woman walking near her home, said Brandon Pigg, chief criminal attorney in the Richland County Prosecutor's Office.

Pigg met with local media Wednesday to discuss indictments recently returned by a county grand jury.

Bigsby, a repeat violent offender, has been charged with two counts of rape with two repeat violent offender specifications, kidnapping with a repeat violent offender specification, a sexual motivation specification and abduction, according to the prosecutor.

Pigg asked anyone with information on the unidentified second assailant to call Mansfield police at (419) 755-9724.

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Others indicted include Luke Porter, 34, charged with two counts of kidnapping, three counts of felonious assault, two counts of abduction and failure to comply with an order or signal from a police officer.

On Oct. 8, 2019, the indictment alleges Porter was stopped by Mansfield police while driving in the 600 block of North Main Street with a passenger in the vehicle. As police interacted with the two, Porter put the car in reverse and struck three police officers, Pigg said.

It is also alleged police could hear the passenger in the car asking to be let out of the car while it was moving backwards.

Police were treated for minor injuries, according to Pigg.

Also, a Pennsylvania woman was indicted on 13 counts of grand theft of a firearm and burglary. 

Pigg said Caitlin Blackburn, 20, of Mt. Carmel, Penn., and two co-defendants, Leighanna Mitchell and Kyle Elswick, allegedly trespassed into a Perrysville residence along Ohio 95 and stole 13 firearms.

He said one of the co-defendants may have personally known the owner of the residence.

Also, an Ontario resident was indicted for felonious assault and assault for striking his partner. Pigg said that on Nov. 7, 2019, Hunter Duffey, 23, allegedly struck and choked a 20-year-old woman he was in a relationship while they were inside his car.

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.