CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A series of crimes committed in Cleveland’s Lee-Miles neighborhood, in September, rattled the community. Attempted break-ins, a reported rape, and attempted sexual assaults put neighbors on heightened alert.
Tuesday, Dominic Booker pleaded not guilty to burglary, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and three counts of rape. A judge ordered Booker to have no contact with the rape victim and to complete a HIV test. Booker’s bond was set at $100,000, but he’ll likely stay behind bars because of a probation hold. His pre-trial hearing is set for October 4 at 9 a.m.
On Sept. 20, Cleveland Police announced Booker’s arrest. The charges are connected to a break-in and rape of a 31-year-old woman, on Sept. 14, who lives in the 4300 block of East 142nd Street.
The victim said she awoke to a man with his hands on her. The victim’s children were sleeping in the home at the time. The victim told investigators the suspect was wearing black clothes, a black ski mask and was barefoot.
Police said tips from the public and DNA evidence linked Booker to the crime. Investigators said he’s a person of interest in several other cases.
• On Sept. 3 at 2 a.m., a man crept up to a home in the 14300 block of Caine Avenue, pushed the AC unit out of a window and attempted to assault a 7-year-old girl. The girl screamed and the suspect fled from the home. The suspect was described as a black man with a mustache, and he was wearing a black ski mask and black clothing.
• On Sept. 16 at about 11 p.m., a man attempted to peel away the frame of a child’s bedroom window in the 4300 block of East 144th Street, but then ran off. “I responded and am completing this report because it is strikingly similar to another incident I encountered,” the responding Cleveland police officer said.
• On Sept. 16 just after 11 p.m., a man attempted to pull out an air conditioner of a home on East 144th Street, but then ran off. “Due to the fact in this neighborhood we have had reports of three rapes to date where the suspect entered through a window, where he pulled out an air conditioner wearing a black mask, I found it imperative to have [the witness] make a report although he never called police the day of the incident,” the responding Cleveland police officer said.