The man charged with first degree rape in the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl walking home from school received a $100,000 bond with a $10,000 cash component.
The cash component means the suspect, Jermaine Young, 26, has to pay $10,000 in cash to the courts first before he bails out.
Young’s attorney is James Harred.
” I’ve had a little bit of contact with the gentleman’s family and a potential witness on his behalf,” said Harred.
Young says he is innocent and believes he was arrested because he resembles a composite sketch the victim helped police create, and because he lives near the alleged crime scene.
Police believe he ambushed the girl as she was walking home from school off Donald Street and took a shortcut to her neighborhood.
City spokesperson George Talbot says some of the property the shortcut runs through is owned by the city and some of it is owned by private owners.
Talbot says city workers plan on clearing the city owned property and they will work with the private owners to take care of the rest.
We will continue to check on the progress.