Bond set at #036;.5 million in assault case

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 12, 2008

CHESAPEAKE — A half-million bond was set in the case of a South Point man facing three felony charges after an incident in the South Point Wal-Mart.

Appearing in Lawrence County Municipal Court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing Darren Sharpe, 18, was also appointed Mike Gleichauf as his attorney.

Sharpe of 30 Township Road 1025, South Point, was arrested by Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies around 9 Monday evening after Wal-Mart employees locked him in a ladies restroom.

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Store personnel believed he was the man who a day earlier had accosted a woman in the restroom. That man wielding a knife had threatened the woman, according to a press release by Sheriff Tim Sexton.

The woman was released unharmed.

Sharpe was charged with attempted rape, kidnapping and felonious assault. He also faces a charge of resisting arrest.

There was no known relationship between the victim and the alleged assailant, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Lawless.

At the bond hearing a restraining order was issued against Sharpe to prohibit his coming in contact with the victim.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Monday at Lawrence County Municipal Court in Chesapeake.