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Man charged with attempted rape

June 30, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A man was charged Thursday morning with attempted first-degree rape and other charges after allegedly forcing a woman to the ground and sexually assaulting her in the Hagerstown central parking lot, according to a press release from Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer.

James Bond, 33, of no fixed address, was charged with attempted first-degree rape, second-degree assault and multiple counts of sexual assault in the reported 12:20 a.m. incident, according to the release.

The victim told police that as she was walking to Meda's Tavern, a man approached her and asked for a cigarette, according to the release. After she gave him a cigarette - as she was walking away - the man allegedly struck her in the face and knocked her to the ground, got on top of her and began sexually assaulting her, according to the release.

The woman tried to fight him off, but the assailant allegedly kept putting his hands over her mouth to muffle her screams, which caught the attention of two Hagerstown Police Department detectives walking in the area.

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The detectives found Bond on top of the woman in the downtown central parking lot, hidden between a concrete wall and a vehicle near Universal Liquors at 33 E. Franklin St., according to the release.

Bond was taken into investigative custody and the woman was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment, according to the release.

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