Ch. 3: A rape, an arrest: #badpleadeals by @antoinegoldet
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The case began in the early morning hours of May 8, 1996. A teenager walking down South 18th Street in Newark, New Jersey – toward her aunt’s house – sensed she was being followed.
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As she continued along the edge of Fairmount Cemetery, a man put his hand over her mouth, grabbed her neck and, she later told police, threatened to “blow her head off” if she screamed.
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The man dragged her into an empty parking lot and raped her, said the teen, identified in court records by the initials S.A. She described her attacker as a dark-skinned man, 170 pounds and 20 years old, wearing a black and red T-shirt, a black hat and brown boots, according to the police report.
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Seventeen days later, police arrested Rodney Roberts a few blocks away from the crime scene. At that time, Roberts, 29, held two jobs: part-time paralegal and salesman.
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A street-racing enthusiast, he and a friend recently had gone in together on a secondhand yellow and black Kawasaki. They soon argued over who owned the bike. Tensions rose.
“I’m actually the one who called the police,” Roberts says today.
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An East Orange police car pulled up in front of the two men on Central Avenue. The officer glanced over at the locked-up motorcycle, asked the pair for their names and walked back to his patrol vehicle. When he returned, his tone had changed.
. “Put your hands behind your back; you’re being arrested,” Roberts remembers the officer shouting at him.
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Still protesting that he owned the motorcycle, Roberts was handcuffed and pushed into the squad car. At the East Orange precinct, an officer notified him that he was being detained for a parole violation.
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About a week later, Roberts was transferred to the Essex County jail.
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  • revealnewsCh. 3: A rape, an arrest: #badpleadeals by @antoinegoldet
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    The case began in the early morning hours of May 8, 1996. A teenager walking down South 18th Street in Newark, New Jersey – toward her aunt’s house – sensed she was being followed.
    .

    As she continued along the edge of Fairmount Cemetery, a man put his hand over her mouth, grabbed her neck and, she later told police, threatened to “blow her head off” if she screamed.
    .

    The man dragged her into an empty parking lot and raped her, said the teen, identified in court records by the initials S.A. She described her attacker as a dark-skinned man, 170 pounds and 20 years old, wearing a black and red T-shirt, a black hat and brown boots, according to the police report.
    .

    Seventeen days later, police arrested Rodney Roberts a few blocks away from the crime scene. At that time, Roberts, 29, held two jobs: part-time paralegal and salesman.
    .

    A street-racing enthusiast, he and a friend recently had gone in together on a secondhand yellow and black Kawasaki. They soon argued over who owned the bike. Tensions rose.
    “I’m actually the one who called the police,” Roberts says today.
    .

    An East Orange police car pulled up in front of the two men on Central Avenue. The officer glanced over at the locked-up motorcycle, asked the pair for their names and walked back to his patrol vehicle. When he returned, his tone had changed.
    . “Put your hands behind your back; you’re being arrested,” Roberts remembers the officer shouting at him.
    .

    Still protesting that he owned the motorcycle, Roberts was handcuffed and pushed into the squad car. At the East Orange precinct, an officer notified him that he was being detained for a parole violation.
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    About a week later, Roberts was transferred to the Essex County jail.

  • tanishascotthamand no yellow and black Kawasaki, to boot. a really bad day for him.
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