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Man indicted on rape, kidnap charges

Alex Green • May 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

A Bay Township man was indicted on a rape charge Tuesday by an Ottawa County grand jury.

Garret Zunk, 20, of the 3700 block W. Johnny’s Place, was indicted on one count each of kidnapping, rape, aggravated vehicular assault and assault.

Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan has not returned multiple calls about this case, or about an alleged rape from January in which a repeat sex offender escaped rape charges.

An Ottawa County deputy’s report said Zunk and a woman were heard yelling from inside his truck at a party in the 2700 block of East Sand Road in Port Clinton on May 4, witnesses said. Witnesses also said the woman tried to escape but the doors were locked, the deputy’s report said. Other people at the party tried opening the vehicle’s doors and breaking the windows, the report said.


One witness — Chris Williams, of Port Clinton — suffered severe road rash on his shoulder as he tried to stop the vehicle before it sped off, the report said.


The victim’s family members told deputies the woman was later dropped off at their home by Zunk’s mother. When the woman arrived, she was missing parts of her original outfit from the night before, the report said.


Detectives then interviewed Zunk’s family, who granted them permission to search Zunk’s truck. Deputies found what appeared to be blood in the vehicle, the report said, and they collected samples as evidence.


Zunk’s father then led deputies to another family property, where Zunk was staying. When deputies moved to arrest Zunk, he told them he needed his medication. A deputy spotted Zunk’s pills inside a nearby car and asked if he could retrieve the pills.


When Zunk gave permission, the deputy found items of clothing that witnesses said the victim had been wearing at the party.


Zunk was arrested May 4 and posted $175,000 bond the day after.



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