Lo­rain man ad­mits break­ing into homes to kid­nap girls

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE -

A Cleve­land-area man was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 35 years in prison for break­ing into two homes last year and kid­nap­ping and rap­ing a young girl and try­ing to abduct an­other girl.

Justin Chris­tian, 30, of Lo­rain, pleaded guilty to charges in­clud­ing rape, kid­nap­ping and bur­glary. He de­clined to say any­thing be­fore a judge is­sued a sen­tence that car­ries no chance of pa­role.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Chris­tian care­fully planned the ab­duc­tion at­tempts and scouted the homes. They said he went

into one home and un­locked sev­eral doors and win­dows the day be­fore he tried to grab a 10-year-old.

That girl fought off the at­tempted ab­duc­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2016 when Chris­tian climbed into her bed­room win­dow in Elyria and tried to pull her out­side, au­thor­i­ties said.

He kid­napped a 6-yearold Cleve­land girl while she was sleep­ing at home and held her for about 17 hours at an­other home be­fore drop­ping her off at an in­ter­sec­tion, po­lice said.

He was seen on sur­veil­lance video walk­ing near the Cleve­land girl’s home sev­eral times in the days be­fore he broke into the home and kid­napped her, the FBI said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found DNA on a lad­der used in the sec­ond ab­duc­tion at­tempt and were able to make a fa­mil­ial match and link Chris­tian to both cases, pros­e­cu­tors said.

It was the first time the process had been used in Ohio.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors matched DNA from the ab­duc­tion to the same gene pool of Chris­tian’s de­ceased brother, said Matthew Meyer, an as­sis­tant pros­e­cu­tor in Cuyahoga County.

Chris­tian’s at­tor­ney didn’t re­turn a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found DNA on a lad­der used in the sec­ond ab­duc­tion at­tempt and were able to make a fa­mil­ial match and link Chris­tian to both cases, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Chris­tian

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