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18-year-old accused of dragging a woman into a downtown parking garage and raping her

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Tytus Bailey came to court Friday with no serious prior record. His attorney told a judge that he only had two non-violent misdemeanors, but now he's charged with a violent attack in downtown Cincinnati.

Police say around midnight on Sept. 24, Bailey approached a group of strangers: a woman and three men on E. Third Street. The 18-year-old is accused of beating up the men, then taking the woman to a parking lot and raping her.

Assistant Prosecutor David Wood said to a judge, "Request a high bond, your Honor. Allegations are this was a stranger rape. It’s a forcible rape."

The judge ordered a $100,000 bond for Bailey on the rape charge.

The YWCA helps women who have survived rape by people they know and strangers. Danielle Firsich is the manager of Non-residential Domestic Violence Services for the YWCA Greater Cincinnati.

"Having that immediate support just gives them more empowerment," Firsich said.

The woman went to the hospital and detectives say they were able to link Bailey to the crime with DNA.

Workers at the YWCA say it takes courage to speak out, and they often continue to support survivors through the court process.

"It's an immense act of bravery to be able to tell that truth, and the more you can support that person, the greater the chance that they will be able to heal and move forward in that process," Firsich said. "So many of our survivors tell us all the time when we accompany them to court that they would have never shown up if we hadn't been there."

Bailey also faces other charges, including theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's also accused of lying to police and giving them a false name when they questioned him.

Resources to help sexual assault survivors:

YWCA Cincinnati
Women Helping Women


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