Man Out On Bond For Kidnapping, Arrested Again

(Arlington, TN) A man is behind bars, accused of trying to kidnap an 11-year-old girl.

He was already facing charges of attempting to kidnap a woman in the same spot less than a year ago.

Monday, all was quiet on a stretch of Knob Creek in Arlington, but neighbors say it’s not always that way.

“Children are playing around all the time,” said resident, Donald Farmer.

That’s why neighbors are worried about St. Roland Jean-Charles, arrested for a second time for what investigators are calling the same crime.

An 11-year-old told investigators, he jumped out from behind a tree and chased her down last month. She managed to get to a friend’s house. 

“Children shouldn’t have to worry about stuff like that,” said Farmer.

As a dad, Farmer’s priority is protecting his 4-year-old son Trey.

He’s wondering why the county didn’t do more to protect the children in his neighborhood.

Jean Charles was out of jail on a $30,000 bond after a woman claims he tried to kidnap her last December.

” That is very upsetting, why is he out?  Why did he have a bond?” said Farmer

News Channel 3 those questions to Shelby county district attorney Amy Weirich.

“Under the law in the state of Tennessee, anyone charged with a crime except for first degree murder and we are seeking the death penalty, is entitled to a bond amount,” said Weirich. According to Weirich,  when prosecutors first argue a case to a judge they point out any possible red flags. Jean-Charles didn’t have those because he had no criminal history. 

“It’s a risk, it’s a chance, it’s a decision that is made every day in this building and that’s why he have different factors we have to a look at. Often times people will post the bond, get out of custody and pick up another charge,” said Weirich.

Monday afternoon, a judge revoked Jean-Charles’ bond because of the new allegations. 

The judge also dismissed the most recent police affidavit, calling it insufficient and asked for investigators to put together a new report.

Jean-Charles will remain in jail.

He heads to court at the end of January.

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