VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A DeLand man accused of rape and kidnapping remains in jail after an additional charge was filed against him from a separate case.
Ormond Beach police said 42-year-old Jason Minton lured a woman with a fake job interview and then raped her inside his truck.
Volusia County deputies said that six more women have come forward after surveillance video allegedly captured the moment before that incident, showing Minton dragging an unconscious woman to his car after a lunch at the River Grille on U.S. 1.
According to officials, Minton overheard the victim talking about wanting a new job. He told her that his employer is looking for a secretary and would pay her $35 an hour. They met for an interview over lunch.
Investigators say the next thing that she remembers is waking up at her parents’ house after they found her in her car in the restaurant’s parking lot. The woman said she believes Minton had sex with her, and she complained it was very painful.
Officials said all the new victims that have come forward all have similar stories, including one victim who said she was 14 years old when Minton attacked her.
“He was slick. Nut his slickness ends now,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “It’s over.”
In another case involving Minton, officials said he was discussing a job interview with a woman before offering her money in exchange for sex. Detectives said she refused and Minton eventually took her home. The new charge of felony battery stems from that case, deputies said.
But during Minton’s first appearance Tuesday for the battery charge, his lawyer said there is more to the story.
“When we look into the circumstances surrounding this, I think it’s going to be remarkably different than the other cases,” his attorney Aaron Delgado said.
Chitwood is urging anyone else who may have been targeted by Minton to come forward.
“My call to any woman who he sexually assaulted and drugged is this is your opportunity to make sure he doesn’t see the light of day and does this to any other women in our community ... there’s strength in numbers here,” Chitwood said Monday.
Anyone with details or a case to report connected to Minton is asked to contact Volusia Sheriff’s Detective Justin Martir at email@example.com or 386-668-3830.
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