Crime & Courts

Statesville man arrested in Ohio cold case rapes

Carlin Powell
Carlin Powell Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

A registered sex offender living in Statesville has been arrested and jailed in connection with three cold case rapes dating to 1995 in Cleveland, Ohio, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said Thursday.

Carlin Powell, 39, was in the Iredell County jail on $2.5 million bail as he awaits extradition to Ohio, Campbell said.

Cleveland police notified the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office recently that Powell’s DNA matched the suspect’s DNA in all three cold cases and that they had obtained warrants charging Powell with rape, sexual assault and kidnapping, the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s deputies David Price and Craig Bess arrested Powell at his home in the 900 block of Wilmington Avenue without incident last week. Cleveland police arrived in Iredell County to take part in Powell’s arrest, Campbell said.

A Cuyahoga County, Ohio, grand jury secretly indicted Powell after rape kits linked him to attacks reported in 1995, 1997 and 1998, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

Two of the victims were 15 and 16 years old. One was taken from a convenience store she frequented on her way to school and was held by her attacker for two days, The Plain Dealer reported. The third victim was a 25-year-old woman.

In 2012, Powell was placed on the national sex offender registry after he was convicted in 2011 in Iredell County of child abuse by sexual act on a child by a parent, and indecent liberties with a minor, court records show.

He served about a year in prison on the child abuse conviction and is on parole until 2017, prison records show. He was given probation on the indecent liberties conviction.

In November, he was found guilty of using a red or blue light on his vehicle, and he has trials pending in Iredell County on nine cocaine-related charges, records show.

Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak