CONCORD, NH — A volunteer Bradford firefighter, currently being held on rape and kidnapping charges after an incident in May 2020 at his home, was charged again on Wednesday on more rape charges after a second woman came forward also accusing him of sexual assault.
Russell “Rob” Steiz, 56, East Main Street in Bradford, was arrested on Feb. 1 on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and kidnapping after a woman accused him of brutally raping her at his home. New Hampshire State Police, after investigating the incident, with the help of Exeter and Bradford police, arrested him.
After the incident was publicized, a second woman came forward and after another investigation, two more charges were issued against Steiz.
In the first case, a woman in her late 40s met with state police investigators on Jan. 28 about a sexual assault that took place in Bradford in late May 2020.
The woman said she met a man on an online dating site and accused him of rape. She could not remember his name but she was able to obtain the address of the incident from her vehicle’s GPS device. The victim described the man physically as well as the location of the attack and his vehicle. She also described that the man had a gold tooth and was wearing a T-shirt with a firefighter logo.
The woman said she met the man, later identified as Steiz, and they agreed to meet for dinner. However, she accused Steiz of taking her to a house where he lived with a family member. Steiz, she said, prepared steak for dinner and they ate outside. At one point, he was yelling at the family member, with the woman describing him as “rude and abrasive.” Later, after they were alone by a fire pit, the victim accused Steiz of coming on to her. She protested, saying she did not act that way on a first date. But he persisted, she said. After she attempted to fend him off, he became more violent — grabbing her up from a chair and attacking her, according to an affidavit.
The woman said she began screaming but was told, “nobody would hear her,” the report said.
The woman accused Steiz of rape and later dragged her to a camper nearby and tied her hands up with rope. He then raped her again, the affidavit stated.
“At some point, Steiz stopped and untied (the victim and) she ran to her vehicle and locked herself inside,” the investigators wrote. “Once she gathered herself, she drove home.”
The detectives investigated the incident and confirmed Steiz lived at the home and that he had a gold tooth. They went to meet with Steiz the same day after interviewing the victim.
“Steiz spoke to us briefly through his door and declined an interview,” the report said.
The troopers later issued a warrant for his arrest.
After the case was publicized, a second woman, in her mid-50s, came forward with her own accusation.
She was interviewed on Feb. 23 by a victim’s advocate with troopers relaying questions through the advocate. The woman stated she made contact with Steiz via Tinder, an online dating service she joined to meet new people. They began communicating there and later, via text message, and agreed to have coffee during the summer of 2019.
They met at Starbucks in Concord during the day but there weren’t any available chairs inside so she agreed to chat with him in his pickup truck. While drinking their coffee, she accused him of being “handsy,” pulling down the opening of her v-neck shirt, and fondling her. Steiz, the affidavit said, told the victim he needed to drop something off at his office and she agreed to accompany him. The woman stated they drove to what looked like a storage facility, with a keypad gate, and an office. After asking if she would like to go inside for a minute, she was hesitant but he “insisted,” so she did.
After going inside the office, the victim accused Steiz of “suddenly” grabbing and attacking her. She protested and told him to stop but he refused, the report said. At some point, she said, she “froze.” After the attack was over, she said he made a comment about a condom he had worn saying, “I’ll save that as remembrance for tomorrow.”
Steiz drove the victim back to Starbucks and dropped her off, the affidavit stated. She did not know exactly where Steiz took her but gave investigators a description of the buildings.
On March 3, the detectives met with the victim again and drove her from Starbucks to where they believed Steiz took her — an address on Commerce Way in Pembroke, at a fish cleaning service where Steiz worked, a report stated. The victim, the trooper wrote, “was able to identify the area and the building where the assault took place with absolute certainty.”
Steiz was charged on Wednesday with two more sexual assault counts.
According to reports online, Steiz is a volunteer fire captain with the Bradford Fire Department.
Anyone with information about either rape case or other information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Eric Shirley or Trooper Maxim King of New Hampshire State Police, Troop D at the following numbers: 603-931-2335 or 603-271-3636.
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