AN Ohio man is facing life in prison after 'raping a woman as she walked home and two transgender people at gunpoint’.
Adonas Hicks, 30, has been indicted on rape, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, and kidnapping charges, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced on Friday.
If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.
Hicks allegedly raped his first victim in September 2020 when she was walking home according to Deters.
He is accused of walking up to the woman, taking her to an isolated area where he allegedly raped her at gunpoint.
The 30-year-old met his second and third victims via the internet and both victims were transgender, the prosecutor said.
In early November, Hicks allegedly raped his second victim at gunpoint again in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
The third alleged attack happened a few days after the second, again following the same pattern he held his victim at gunpoint as he raped them according to Deters.
Deters said: “The circumstances and victims involved in these cases are varied, but Hicks’ M.O. remained the same.
“Each time, these victims were raped at gunpoint while in a vulnerable situation. We are concerned that more victims may be out there and ask anyone who may have been victimized by Hicks to contact Cincinnati Police Department, Personal Crimes Detective Dana Jones at 513-352-6474.”
Prosecutors are still investigating in order to determine the full extent of the victim targeting.
Amy Clausing with the prosecutor's office said: ”Obviously we’re concerned if he’s targeting people for any specific reason. Any similarities between the cases is something we’re interested in. ‘’
Deters said that Hicks might have hoped that his victims wouldn't have gone to the police.
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An opinion also held by LGBTQ+ activist, Terry Miles who says that a lot of these attacks don’t get reported and that all members of the community must take safety precautions at all times.
Miles said: “Try to avoid going anywhere alone. That's probably number one. Walk in flats. Walk in things you know you can run in that you can if you have to.’’
Hicks is now in Hamilton County Jail on a $750,000 bond, pending trial.