Merrillville man charged in rape
By Christin Nance Lazerus email@example.com December 26, 2012 11:32PM
Updated: December 27, 2012 9:44AM
A Merrillville man is accused of raping and confining a woman on Dec. 17 at the office where he lived and worked.
Ronald Dewayne Thompson, 41, was charged with rape, a Class A felony; criminal confinement and sexual battery, which are Class C felonies; as well as misdemeanor battery. Thompson had his initial hearing Wednesday, where he was appointed a public defender.
The victim suffered cuts, bruises, scratches and bite marks as a result of the incident.
The woman said Thompson called her wanting to talk around 9 p.m. He picked her up at her Gary residence and he said they were headed to the office next to Crime Stoppers/Case Files television show on Louisiana Place. They went into an office and were talking on the couch, when Thompson started to argue. She walked out and intended to walk home, when Thompson said he would drive her home.
Instead, Thompson headed back to the office, and she tried to get out of the van. She started running, but Thompson caught her and threw her to the ground. He punched her in the face, and threatened to kill her and slice up her face with a broken bottle.
She begged him not to hurt her, so he led her into the office and told her to take her clothes off and lie down, where he raped her. Eventually, he took her home and she called police at 4:30 a.m. and was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake for treatment.
Crime Stoppers executive producer Lisette Guillen said Thompson was a maintenance man at the office next to hers, where he also lived in an adjacent unit for at least nine months. She said he maintained two buildings and also cleaned carpets on the side, but they were dismayed that police didn’t inform them of the search for Thompson until late last week.
“We work with police departments as good law enforcement partners,” Guillen said. “Why didn’t Merrillville Police let us know they were looking for him? It’s a little too close for comfort.”