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Published: Wednesday, 3/16/2005

Toledo police charge north-side man in rape

A North Toledo man was arrested yesterday less than 12 hours after police said he forced a South Toledo woman into his car and sexually assaulted her in his home, then dropped her off on the south side.

Lee Arthur Bean, 49, of 233 Palmer St. was charged with one count each of rape and kidnapping. He was booked into the Lucas County jail pending arraignment today in Toledo Municipal Court.

The 22-year-old woman was walking home at 2:30 a.m. from a 7-Eleven store in the Western Avenue-Hawley Street area. A man pulled up in his car, asked for directions, grabbed the woman by her hair, and pulled her into his car, Detective Paul Tetuan said.

The man drove her to his home and sexually assaulted her multiple times. About 5 a.m., he drove her to the Anthony Wayne Trail-City Park Avenue area and released her. She was treated at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, police said.

The victim showed investigators where the assault occurred. Detectives obtained information about the homeowner, and the victim positively identified Bean as her assailant.

Police saw Bean driving the car used in the assault in the Maple-Streicher streets area and stopped it in the early afternoon yesterday. Investigators searched his residence later in the day.

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