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Man sentenced to 33 years in prison for raping woman in downtown parking garage

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 18:23:06-04

CLEVELAND — A man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for raping a woman in a downtown parking garage and multiple other crimes.

Michael Hutchins, now 18, committed the crimes between Oct. 9, 2018 and Feb. 14, 2019, according to court documents.

“This individual repeatedly ignored every single rehabilitation opportunity afforded to him as a juvenile,” said Prosecutor O’Malley. “No form of punishment or amount of time behind bars will ever repair the damage that he has caused.”

On Oct. 9, 2018, Cleveland Christian Home staff attempted to transport Hutchins back to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, when he broke free and ran away.

On Nov. 4, 2018, Hutchins stole a laptop that belonged to a 53-year-old woman at Cleveland State University. He entered the woman's office, stole the laptop and fled from the scene, according to court documents.

On Valentine's Day 2019, a 35-year-old woman was walking through the 5th Street Arcade, when Hutchins ran up behind her, reached inside of her purse and stole her cellphone. He threw the cell phone on the ground and fled the scene after the woman and another witness ran after him.

Later that day, Hutchins sexually assaulted a 51-year-old woman in a nearby parking garage on Prospect Avenue, according to court documents.

The woman was walking to her car and was on the elevator with Hutchins.

According to court documents, when the elevator door opened, Hutchins attacked her.

When she tried to get away, Hutchins treated to shoot her and sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. She attempted to get away, but he dragged her into her car. He attempted to drive away but he hit a wall in the parking garage.

Hutchins stole the woman's cellphone, credit card and money. He threatened to kill her if she called police, according to court documents.

He was arrested five days later by police.

Hutchins pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of kidnapping, two counts of robbery, two counts of burglary, one count of grand theft, two counts of theft and one count of escape.

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