Man accused of raping, kidnapping multiple women indicted, prosecutor says

Rodolfo Castillo was indicted on charges of kidnapping, rape, attempted rape, aggravated robbery, and robbery, Prosecutor Melissa Powers said
Published: Mar. 6, 2023 at 3:36 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A man accused of raping and kidnapping multiple women was indicted Monday and prosecutors say they are concerned there could be more victims who have not yet reported the crimes to police.

Rodolfo Castillo was indicted for six counts of kidnapping, four counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, three counts of aggravated robbery, and one count of robbery stemming from instances in February, Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers said.

“This is every woman’s worst nightmare. I can’t imagine the terror these women went through. The courage it takes to survive something like this cannot be overstated,” Powers said.

According to Powers, Castillo contacted a transportation service on Feb. 13 and requested that a female driver pick up a female passenger from an apartment complex on West Kemper Road.

When the driver arrived, Castillo got into the front passenger seat and directed the victim to drive behind the apartment building, the prosecutor said.

Once they were behind the building, Castillo stuck a large screwdriver into the victim’s ribs and forced her into the backseat of the car, threatened to kill her, tied her hands and feet, and forced her onto the floor of the car, a news release from the prosecutor’s office said.

Castillo then drove the victim to her bank and withdrew money from her account, the news release said.

He then drove the victim to a dark, secluded parking lot and forced her to perform sexual acts, the prosecutor said.

Powers said Castillo drove the victim to a gas station and threatened to kill her if she told the police. He then allowed her to leave.

One day later, a different woman was leaving the Kroger parking lot in Woodlawn when Castillo approached and offered her a ride, Powers said. The woman got in Castillo’s car and they left the parking lot.

Powers says that as Castillo was driving, he took the victim’s phone, placed it in his pocket, and then punched her several times. Castillo threatened to rape and kill her if she did not cooperate, the prosecutor said.

At a traffic light, the victim was able to open the car door and jumped from the vehicle. Powers says a bystander helped the victim and called the police, but Castillo got away before officers arrived.

On Feb. 16, a third victim got a text message from a number she thought was a mutual friend requesting transportation from West Kemper Road. Powers says that when the victim arrived at the apartment complex, Castillo got into her car, held a knife to her ribs, took her phone, and directed her to park at an unknown location.

He then forced the victim into the backseat, where he tied her hands and feet and forced her onto the vehicle floor, the prosecutor said.

Powers said Castillo took the victim to a dark parking lot and raped her, then drove her back to the apartment complex on West Kemper Road where he raped her again and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. He then let her go.

Castillo could face up to 85 years in prison. He is currently held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $775,000 bond, Powers said.

The prosecutor’s office says it is concerned there may be more victims out there. If you have any information relating to Rodolfo Castillo, they ask that you contact Forest Park Police Department at 513-595-5220.

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