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Columbus police: Man pleads not guilty to raping and sodomizing 18-year-old woman

A man accused of raping and sodomizing an 18-year-old woman in the driveway of a vacant house pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in Columbus Recorder's Court Wednesday afternoon.

Dequin Keyon Dozier, 20, appeared in court on charges on aggravated sodomy, rape, kidnapping, armed robbery and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Investigators said the women told police she was walking on Cusseta Road near a detail shop around 10:40 p.m. on May 30 when in a man in a dark-colored car with duct tape on side and a child's car seat in the back stopped beside her, pointed a gun and ordered her to get in the car.

He drove the car to a driveway in front of a vacant house on 32nd Avenue, where he told the woman to get out and take off her clothes, police said. The woman told police that he then raped and sodomized her on the hood of the car.

The woman told police she was able to get away when the man was startled by a noise and dropped the gun. She ran across the street to an apartment to get help, police said.

Dozier was arrested Sunday on an armed robbery charge stemming from an incident that occurred at around 7:40 p.m. on Friday at 28th Avenue and North Lumpkin Road. In that case, a man in a black Nissan Altima stopped beside a 28-year-old woman, pointed a gun at her and took her purse. Detectives later saw Dozier in a vehicle matching that description at apartments on Farr Road and questioned and arrested him.

Investigators noticed similarities between the reported armed robbery and the May 30 rape case. When they put Dozier's picture in photo line-up, the 18-year-old was able to identify him as the rapist.

Dozier is being held without bond and his case was bound over to Superior Court.

For more on this story, see tomorrow's Ledger-Enquirer.

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