Archive for Friday, July 24, 1998

SUSPECT OUT ON BOND ARRESTED ON SEX CHARGE

July 24, 1998

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A man previously released on his own recognizance after an arrest on sex charges is now being held on $150,000 bond after allegedly trying to rape a Lawrence woman.

An 18-year-old Lawrence man scheduled to stand trial next week on sex charges allegedly broke into an East Lawrence mobile home Thursday and tried to rape a 52-year-old woman.

The man was charged Thursday afternoon with aggravated sexual battery, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated burglary and kidnapping. District Judge Jack Murphy set the suspect's bond at $150,000. Thursday night, he remained in the Douglas County Jail.

Police say that at 1:30 a.m. Thursday the teen cut a screen and entered an unlocked window in the woman's residence at the Jayhawk Mobile Home Court, 1417 E. 15th. He entered the woman's bedroom and tried to rape the sleeping woman, police spokesman Matt Sarna said.

The woman struggled and freed herself, locked herself in a bathroom and then escaped from an outside door in that room. She ran to a friend's trailer and called police.

No weapon was visible during the attack, according to a police report.

The suspect, a black male who had been seen in the area before, was arrested at his apartment in the 1400 block of Haskell, about three blocks east of the trailer court.

Sarna said the woman didn't know the man's name, but police were able to locate him after interviewing other people in the area.

The man was arrested June 12 for two counts of aggravated sexual battery after allegedly touching a 23-year-old woman on the buttocks in the parking lot of Dillons, 1740 Mass. He pleaded not guilty on June 13, the same day District Judge Michael Malone released him from jail on his own recognizance. A trial in that case is scheduled to begin Monday.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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