Man denied bond in rape case of 15-year-old girl
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 1:00 PM
Ridgeland police have arrested a man who allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl.
Romero Johnson, 35, was taken into custody after a five-day search by Ridgeland Police late last week and was denied bond at his initial hearing in municipal court Tuesday.
He is accused of raping a girl at knife-point in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 21.
That morning Ridgeland Police received a call around 5:30 a.m. concerning a possible sexual battery against a minor girl.
The victim had been spending the night with another female friend. The two females left the residence around 4:15 a.m. and went to visit another friend several streets over at 803 Greenbrook Drive.
The victim stated that she was coerced into the backyard by Johnson, a relative of the homeowner. The accused Johnson of holding her at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her.
After the assault, the victim left Greenbrook Drive with her friend and returned to the house where they had intended to spend the evening, according to police.
The victim subsequently contacted her mother who then notified Ridgeland police of the assault. Ridgeland police obtained an arrest warrant for Johnson the same day.
Through investigation, police learned that Johnson may have been in the vicinity of University Medical Center. Ridgeland investigators met with the UMC police department to provide identifying information on Johnson and requested assistance if he was located in UMC's jurisdiction.
UMC police found Johnson Friday morning around 3:30 am. and contacted Ridgeland police who placed him in custody.
The District Attorney's office could not be reached for comment, but reportedly Johnson has prior felony charges and convictions that may add to his charge in the case.
It also played a role in Judge Harold McCarley denying him bond on Tuesday.
Johnson's next hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 13.