Man Charged with Murder, Kidnapping After Woman’s Nervous 911 Call from Same Room

iStock/Thinkstock(ASHLAND, Ohio) — After a tense 911 call Thursday morning from a woman who said she was in the same room as her alleged kidnapper, police discovered an Ohio man may have kidnapped several women, at least two of which he may have murdered.

Shawn Grate, 40, has now been charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping. He was taken into custody in Ashland, Ohio early Tuesday following the woman's nervous call when she reported she was being held inside the home against her will, according to ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.

On the call, the woman can be heard breathing heavily and whispering answers to the dispatcher's questions.

When the dispatcher asked the woman what was the problem, she responded, "I've been abducted."

"Please hurry!" she said.

The woman said she was able to free herself from being tied up and called police on Grate's phone while he was asleep.

When officers responded to the scene, they found the woman and Grate alive. They also found the remains of two other people.

Grate is accused of killing 43-year-old Stacey Hicks, also known as Stacey Stanley, and a second victim who has not yet been identified, Ashland County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Tunnel said in a statement Thursday.

Grate is accused of holding the surviving woman "against her will for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity," between Sept. 11 and 13, Tunnel said.

As the investigation continues, more charges could be added at a later date. He is expected to appear in court Friday.

After police responded Tuesday and took Grate into custody, he told officers he was involved in another woman's murder in another part of the county near Ashland, prosecuting attorney for Richland County Bambi Couch Page said. Grate led police to the remains in a wooded area behind a burned-out home, the prosecuting attorney said. The deceased person has not yet been identified.

No charges have been filed in the additional Richland County homicide at this time, the prosecuting attorney said.

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