Probable cause found in attempted rape case

July 27, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Probable cause was found Wednesday in Washington County District Court to forward to circuit court all charges against James Bond Jr. in a June attempted rape in a downtown Hagerstown parking lot.

Bond, 33, of no fixed address, is charged with attempted first-degree rape, second-degree assault, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense in connection with the June 29 incident.

District Judge Ralph H. France II ordered Bond continue to be held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center pending trial.

Hagerstown Police Department Street Crimes Unit Detective Brian Hook testified that he and Detective Tom Langston were patrolling downtown in an unmarked vehicle June 29 about 12:20 a.m. and heard screams coming from behind Universal Liquors at 33 E. Franklin St.


Hook testified that the officers heard "someone scream, 'Help! Get him off of me.'"

The officers followed the screaming to an area between a brick wall and a parked van behind the liquor store. They found Bond on top of a screaming woman, Hook testified.

"It was very difficult to see from the street," he testified. "We immediately detained him."

Hook testified that the woman's pants and underwear were pulled down, and that Bond's pants were undone and his penis was exposed.

The woman told police that she was walking toward Meda's Tavern on East Franklin Street when Bond approached her and asked for a cigarette, he said. After she gave him the cigarette, Hook testified Bond said she "'wasn't going anywhere' and struck her in the head."

After Bond got the woman on the ground, she "called and yelled for help," and was struggling and fighting Bond, Hook testified.

The woman was taken to Washington County Hospital for testing and treatment. A fluid was found on the woman's thigh "consistent with secretions," Hook testified. The woman told police she was touched in her vaginal area by the man, but couldn't tell what was being used to touch her because she was fighting him.

A strong odor of alcohol was on both Bond's breath and the woman's breath, Hook said.

He said that when Bond was interviewed, Bond told detectives, "'She was coming on to me.'"

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michele Ferris Hansen said Bond has a criminal history. He was convicted in 2002 for possession of fake drugs, and in 2001 for disorderly conduct, misdemeanor theft and the unlawful manufacturing of drugs. She said Bond also had contacts with the Baltimore City criminal system.

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