Sharpe evaluation expected soon

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 20, 2008

SOUTH POINT — The psychological evaluation of an 18-year-old South Point man facing felony charges in connection with an incident at the South Point Wal-Mart is expected in the next two weeks.

The deadline for the report from Shawnee Mental Health on Darren Sharpe, 18, is around July 4, according to his court-appointed attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Sharpe is facing felony charges of attempted rape, kidnapping and felonious assault in connection with the detaining of a 29-year-old woman in the department store on April 6.

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On that date, the woman was allegedly the object of threatening actions by a knife-wielding man in the ladies restroom of the store, according to the sheriff’s office.

The next day Sharpe was arrested after store employees said they saw someone fitting the description of the alleged assailant enter the store around 9 p.m.

Charges against Sharpe are first degree felony kidnapping; second degree felony attempt to commit rape and second degree felonious assault. He also faces a first degree misdemeanor for resisting arrest.

There will be a hearing on the misdemeanor charge Monday morning in the Lawrence County Municipal Court in Chesapeake. Gleichauf expects that to be continued.

Currently Sharpe is in the Lawrence County jail under a half-million bond.