Bond set in rape case

WARREN – A 23-year-old man arrested in Cincinnati and returned here after his DNA turned up as a possible suspect in a Warren crime pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a six-count indictment linking him to a violent rape on Kenilworth Avenue in April.

Kevin Terrell Johns, with addresses on Fairmont Avenue N.E. and in Hamilton County, remains in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. He returns for a pre-trial Aug. 10 in front of Judge Andrew Logan.

Johns faces charges of rape, two counts of aggravated robbery with firearms specifications, two counts of kidnapping with firearm specifications and one of the counts with a sexual motivation specification and having weapons under disability.

The rape charge also has a firearm specification and a specification labeling Johns a sexually violent predator since police and prosecutors say Johns held a gun to the head of his female victim while raping her in the back seat of the car he highjacked from her.

According to a bill of particulars filed in the case, police were called from a local hospital April 13, where the victim was taken and evidence collected from a rape kit.

The victim and a girlfriend stopped to see a friend on Woodbine Avenue when they were confronted by a gunman who ordered them back in the car and to drive to Woodbine, where one woman was ordered out of the car and the other woman in the back seat.

After the rape, the gunman ordered the women to drive him a few blocks away to drop him off.

DNA collected in the form of semen from the rape kit matched Johns’ DNA collected after he was convicted of robbery in Cincinnati in June of 2010. He served a year in prison, according to records.

The DNA match showed up in a statewide data bank of the forensic information.