MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man accused of kidnapping two juveniles, raping one of them and stabbing the other appeared in court on Friday for a bond hearing.
During the proceedings, a judge set Phennix Givens’ bond at $350,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for June 3.
This just two days after Givens was arrested on aggravated assault, aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping and arson charges.
According to police, it all began on May 21 when Givens made contact with two juveniles in the area of Frayser Boulevard and North Watkins. The pair agreed to help him in order to make some money, but once they arrived at a home on Riney, things took a turn.
The kids said Givens produced a knife, forced them inside a home and then made both of them take off their clothes. He then raped the girl before stabbing the boy in the leg and forcing him into the attic.
Both victims were able to escape and flag down a patrol officer at a nearby shopping center once the 44-year-old suspect fell asleep.
Employees were moved by the children’s strength and bravery.
It’s unclear when the victims escaped, but we do know that officers with the Memphis Police Department made the scene Wednesday and tried to make contact with Givens. He initially came out of the home armed with a knife, but eventually retreated.
The suspect set his couch on fire and the home was engulfed in flames within several minutes, police said.
Employees of the nearby shopping center said Givens has lived in the house for months and was frequently seen trying to talk with children.
Givens was arrested as he tried to escape out of a window.