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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:00 am

Man, 23, charged with rape, strangulation

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette


Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this story had incorrect attribution. The story should have said that, according to court records, the victim told police that Zachary Callantine told her he spent all day planning to assault her Aug. 21.

Before Zachary W. Callantine raped his victim Aug. 21, according to court documents, he forced her onto his bed, put a serrated kitchen knife to her throat and told her if she screamed, he'd slit her throat.

Callantine, 23, of the 300 block of Williams Street, was charged Tuesday with rape, criminal confinement and strangulation. He was being held in lieu of $37,500 bail at the Allen County Jail.

Callantine bound his victim's hands with a ratchet strap to the bed and threatened her if she screamed, court records said. The victim told police that Callantine told her he'd been planning for this all day, court records said.

The woman told police she could not remember what she'd said to make him angry, but Callantine head-butted her so hard she couldn't see and thought she was going to go unconscious.

Then he strangled her with his hands until she couldn't breathe and she thought she'd lose consciousness. More threats came before Callantine raped her, records said.

After sexually assaulting her, Callantine kept asking: “What did I do? What did I do?” and looked for his glasses and her phone. She took the opportunity to gather her things and flee, calling police, records said. She had swelling above her right eye, scrapes and bruises on her neck and throat and marks and scrapes to her wrists, court records said.

When police talked to Callantine, he said the victim had come over to “hang out” and then she got a phone call and he “blacked out.” He admitted he had been drinking alcohol and had a moderate odor of alcohol on him, court documents said.

He told police that when he came to, the victim was running out of the door of his apartment, his hands were bound and there was a plastic bag in his mouth. He denied having any mental health issues, court records said.

He said he might have been knocked out with a “spud bar,” a long steel pole used to remove large tires that weighs 50 to 75 pounds, but he had no injury consistent with being hit with one of those, court records said. Further, there wasn't enough room in the apartment to swing the spud bar, court records said, and the victim was of a very slight stature, making it difficult to believe she could handle a spud bar.