Reece Ayres

Reece Ayres

A Kokomo man is facing a Level 3 felony count of rape after police say he allegedly forced a woman to have sexual intercourse with him in her south side residence last January. 

Reece Emerson Lee Ayres, 18, is currently being held at the Howard County Jail on a $75,000 cash bond, and he is due back in court for a pre-trial conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, in Howard Circuit Court. 

The charge stems from a 63-year-old woman who came to the Kokomo Police Department on Jan. 8 and told police that Ayres allegedly raped her in a back bedroom of her residence, a probable cause affidavit filed through the Howard County Prosecutor's Office stated. 

The woman told police that Ayres was at her house with her grandson and some of his friends, and she offered to give him a ride home, the affidavit noted. On the ride home, the woman alleged that Ayres said he left something at her residence and needed to go back, court records indicated.  

When the two returned to her residence, police say Ayres then allegedly pulled his pants off and proceeded to sexually assault the 63-year-old, something that Ayres denied during his own interview with police. 

Police were able to obtain DNA from several items that were allegedly present during the incident, court records noted, including the woman's undergarments and bed sheets. That DNA was then sent off to the Indiana State Police laboratory.

Authorities were also able to get a court ordered DNA sample from Ayres, which stated that "this analysis provides very strong support for the proposition that Reese Ayres is a contributor to the DNA profile" and that the likelihood was "one trillion times more likely" on one of the pieces of clothing obtained. 

Ayres is also facing a misdemeanor charge of theft in the same case, after police say he allegedly stole the 63-year-old's wallet while also at her residence. 

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