Homeless man charged with raping and beating woman downtown

Homeless man charged with raping and beating woman downtown

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A homeless man is facing charges after he is accused of beating and raping a woman August 15 on Central Avenue in Downtown Cincinnati.

Steven Allen Craig, 48, is being held on a $270,000 bond at the Hamilton County jail. Craig is facing two counts of felonious assault for the incident, police said.

"Mr. Craig caused numerous injuries to the body of the victim over a period of days by repeatedly physically assaulting her and on Saturday, August 15, committed a sexual assault against her..." court records state.

The alleged offenses occurred at the Steven Craig's homeless camp at 500 Central Avenue, in the same block as Duke Energy Convention Center. The incident did not occur at the facility, and neither Craig or the victim are employees of the center. Both the victim and the arrested are homeless individuals that live in the city, according to CPD.

Police say Craig has been stalking the victim and has repeatedly assaulted the victim.

Craig is accused of assaulting and threatening the same woman at the same location back on July 29 and faces charges of assault and aggravated menacing in that offense, court records show.

He punched her in the chest, head and face, causing her to bruise and swell, she told police in a sworn statement.

Then, he threatened to kill her "and put her six feet under if she reported (the) offense to police," records show.

Craig has a criminal record in Hamilton County with convictions of assault and breaking and entering. He also was arrested in February and charged with resisting arrest.

He lives at the Drop Inn Center in Over-the-Rhine, records state.

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