Cuyahoga Falls -- A city man was arrested and is facing multiple felony charges, including rape and kidnapping, after a woman reported Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. he used a handgun to threaten her in the home police said they shared.

The woman was injured and taken to St. Thomas Hospital for treatment, according to police. How serious the injuries were was not known at press time.

Brandon J. Richards, 23, of Cuyahoga Falls, was initially arrested and charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department Detective Bureau obtained a search warrant for the suspect's home, according to a police press release. Based on the information provided by the victim it was decided the Police Department's SWAT team would be used for the entry into the home and arrest of the suspect.

Upon entry into the home it was found that no one was in the house. The search warrant was executed at 11 p.m. Jan. 16 and detectives seized evidence from the home.

While on scene the suspect drove up and was taken into custody by patrol officers without incident at about 1:15 a.m. Jan. 17, police said.

Following the arrest on domestic violence and trafficking charges, police, after consulting with the law department charged Richards with rape and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies. The charges were brought forward based on an examination of evidence collected at the residence, a police news release said.

Police then served another search warrant on a storage unit rented by Richards at a State Road business. That action led to Richards also being charged with: possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony; illegal manufacture of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and possession of criminal tools, also a fifth-degree felony.

At press time Jan. 17, Richards was in Summit County and slated to be arraigned Jan. 18.


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