NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - The two men charged with multiple crimes in connection to an attempted abduction of a realtor in North Ridgeville were arraigned on Thursday from Elyria Municipal Court.
David Helton, a 45-year-old Vermilion man, and 37-year-old Michael Evans, of Henrietta Township in Lorain County, are both charged with abduction and assault.
Investigators say Helton and Evans attempted to abduct a 54-year-old real estate agent on August 22 while she waited to show a North Ridgeville house on Homecrest Drive.
According to detectives, the men asked the female victim for a business card. When she tried to deliver her card to them, the suspects allegedly tried pulling the realtor into their car by her arm while yelling, “Get her in here!”
The woman was eventually able to escape with only a cut and bruises. She locked herself inside her own car while she called police and provided them with a vehicle description registered to Helton’s address in Vermilion.
Police questioned Helton, who said it was Evans’ idea to abduct the woman, give her alcohol, and then rape her, according to the prosecutor.
Evans said it was Helton’s plan when interviewed by police.
Bonds of over $150,000 were set for both men during Thursday’s court hearing.
Since felony crimes are alleged, the case will be heard by a Lorain County grand jury.