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Ex-con accused of raping woman after abducting her on street

By Courtney Astolfi • Mar 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man recently released from prison is accused of snatching up a woman on East 4th Street, driving her to his home and raping her.

Reginald Poole, 40, is charged with first-degree rape and kidnapping in the Dec. 17 incident. Poole is not in custody but an arrest warrant was issued Wednesday.

The 22-year-old victim was with her boyfriend about 1:40 a.m. near the intersection of East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue when Poole pulled up and got out of his car, according to police and court records.

Poole left the vehicle running as he approached the woman, picked her up off the ground, and carried her back to the car, documents say.

The boyfriend chased after the car, but Poole continued driving, records say.

Poole took the woman to his house and raped her there, records say. The address where the attack happened is not provided, but records say Poole currently lives on Myrtle Avenue in the city's Lee-Miles neighborhood.

The woman was dropped off just after 2:15 a.m. near West 2nd Street and Prospect Avenue, records say.

The attack came about nine months after Poole was released from prison. He served a 15-year sentence for an October 1999 shooting in Cleveland's South Broadway neighborhood that left a man paralyzed.

In that case, Poole argued with the victim over a woman, then left and returned a short time later with a rifle. He shot at the victim's car, leaving two bullets in the man's back.

A jury found him guilty of two counts of felonious assault with weapons specifications, records say.

Poole was released from prison in March 2016, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

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