Hubbard man charged with rape, kidnapping at Liberty motel

Mark Hubbard, 49, is charged with rape, kidnapping and felonious assault

LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – A Hubbard man is charged with rape, kidnapping and felonious assault, accused of holding a woman against her will and assaulting her at Motel 30 in Liberty.

Police were called to an area near motel at 11:42 p.m. Thursday. Two witnesses told police that they were driving west on Motor Inn Drive when they saw a man trying to force a woman into a car. They intervened and stopped the attack, and the suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Mark Hubbard, left the area and went to the motel, according to a police report.

Police spoke with the alleged victim, a 63-year-old Youngstown woman who told police that Hubbard had sexually assaulted her and held her against her will at the motel. She told police that Hubbard threatened her with a paring knife when she tried to leave to go shopping.

The woman told police that she ran away after Hubbard fell asleep, but he found her on the road as she ran toward Speedway.

Police said the woman had bruises and cuts on her body and scratch marks on her neck.

Officers stopped Hubbard as he was driving away from the motel. He told police that the woman had stolen his phone and he was only trying to get it back.

Police said two cell phones, one of which was shattered, were found at the motel and were taken as evidence. Clothing was also seized for DNA evidence.

Hubbard was taken to Trumbull County Jail. He was arraigned Friday in Girard Municipal Court, where bond was set at $75,000, and a preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Wednesday before Judge Jeffrey Adler.

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