Man pleas not guilty to alleged break in and rape days after prison release

When officers arrived, they say they found the suspect naked on the victim's bed.
Published: May. 21, 2023 at 4:43 PM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 5:00 PM EDT
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Editor’s Note: The attached video aired prior to Neal’s appearances in court.

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Just five days after his release from prison, Toledo Police arrested and charged a man accused of breaking into a woman’s home and raping her. The accused man pled not guilty in a court hearing Wednesday.

Court records show Rodrick Neal, 32, is facing an aggravated burglary and rape charge and is being held on a bond of $500,000. Neal entered a plea of not guilty in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday and is set for pretrial on July 10.

According to Toledo Police, a neighbor of the victim called 911, and when officers arrived, they found Neal naked on the victim’s bed. Official reports show Neal was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment after arrest. Police didn’t release details about the victim’s condition.

Previous Conviction

According to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, Neal had just finished serving a 90-day sentence for a February conviction on two assault charges and a disorderly conduct charge.

He was released from CCNO on Monday and was arrested for the alleged break-in and rape on Saturday. Court records show Toledo Police officers arrested Neal in February on drug charges and say he bit an officer on the wrist, causing swelling and redness through several layers of clothing.

Neal had overdosed and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Once at the hospital, Neal kicked two officers in the chest. He originally appeared in court on three felony charges, however, all charges were lowered to misdemeanors before sentencing.

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