Through a collaborative effort between several law enforcement agencies, officers from the Akron Police Department, U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Fugitive Task Force in Columbus, and Columbus Police Department arrested James Winchester, 25, of Columbus for Rape and Kidnapping. Winchester was taken into custody around 9:30 Wednesday morning in Columbus.
On July 7, 2011, around 2:00 in the morning, Winchester picked up the 17-year-old female victim on Copley Road. Winchester then drove to Mercer Avenue where he sexually assaulted the victim before forcing her out of the car.
Winchester was identified through DNA evidence.