© 2024 Lakeshore Public Media
8625 Indiana Place
Merrillville, IN 46410
Public Broadcasting for Northwest Indiana & Chicagoland since 1987
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Indiana State Prison Worker Facing Rape Charges

HOBART - An Indiana State Prison worker, whose termination is pending, is now charged with raping a woman he met at a downtown bar in Hobart.

The "Times" reports the alleged incident occurred in September 2017.

Fifty year-old Manuel Razo had failed to show up for two interviews and evaded police on a couple of different occasions over an approximate two-year period.

Hobart Police were finally able to catch Razo and attain his DNA by going to his work last June. 

DNA results support the woman's allegation that Razo raped her.

The woman told police she agreed to go to Razo's apartment, because she needed to find a new apartment and Razo told her his would soon be for rent.

Razo served her a drink, and she blacked out. The woman told police when she awoke, she didn't feel well and realized she had been raped.

Razo was suspended without pay on June 26th.

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.