Man ‘raped woman and two transgender people he met online at gunpoint’

A man has been charged with raping a woman and two transgender victims at gunpoint.

Adonas Hicks has been charged after being accused of raping the woman at gunpoint in Hamilton County, Ohio on September 7 last year.

The alleged victim was walking home when she was taken to an isolated area and sexually assaulted.

Hicks is alleged to have met the second and third victims, who are both transgender, through the internet on November 8 and 13 last year, says the county's prosecutor Joseph Deters, according

Mr Deters said the second and third victims were also held at gunpoint while the attacks took place.

He said: "The circumstances and victims involved in these cases are varied, but Hicks’ M.O. remained the same. Each time, these victims were raped at gunpoint while in a vulnerable situation.

"We are concerned that more victims may be out there."

Mr Deters asked for anyone who fells they may have been a victim to make themselves know to the Cincinnati Police Department.

Prosecutors are also looking into the possibility the alleged victims may have specifically targeted.

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Another member of the prosecutor's office, Amy Clausing, said: "Obviously we're concerned if he's targeting people for any specific reason. Any similarities between the cases is something we’re interested in.

Mr Deters said the perpetrator might have hoped the transgender victims would not report the crimes to the police, which is not uncommon, according to LGBTQ activist Terry Miles.

"A lot of these just don’t get reported," he said.

"Try to avoid going anywhere alone. That's probably number one. Walk in things you know you can run in if you have to."

Hicks is currently in Hamilton county jail on a $750,000 bond on charges of rape, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and kidnapping.

He faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

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