Thursday, June 16, 2022

Man charged in 2 Metro Airport rapes

Raymond Anthony
Johnson, Jr.
A Southfield man is facing multiple charges in two separate sexual assaults of women just days apart at Detroit Metro Airport.

In the latest incident, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Raymond Anthony Jackson, Jr., 32, with one count of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, two counts of criminal sexual conduct second degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct 4th degree in connection with the assault of a 34-year-old Westland woman.

Jackson was also arrested and charged with attempting to sexually assault a 45-year-old woman at about 8:40 a.m. May 14 at the Blue Deck Parking Garage. In this instance, he is accused of leading the victim to a vacant area where he attempted to sexually assault her. He is facing a charge of kidnapping and aggravated indecent exposure in connection to that incident.

According to prosecutors, it is alleged that just days later, at about 7:35 a.m. May 17, Jackson approached the Westland woman after she parked her car in the same area of the airport garage as the May 14 victim. It is alleged that in this instance, Jackson came up behind the victim, grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground. He allegedly slammed her head several times on the concrete floor before sexually assaulting her. 

The victim was able to scream and fight back and her attacker eventually fled the area.  An investigation by officers from the Metro Detroit Airport Police assisted by the Romulus and Detroit police departments, along with other agencies resulted in the identification and arrest of the defendant.  

Jackson was arraigned on the May 17 charge in 34th District Court before Magistrate Alan Hindman who ordered a $150,000 cash/surety bond, with a GPS tether and no contact with the victim. Jackson's bond was set at $10,000 during his previous arraignment on the May 14 charges. 

Prosecutors argued that Jackson is a flight risk and a danger to the community and told the court that he has an “extensive criminal record,” including a pending misdemeanor domestic violence case from Southfield, a pending case for stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent in Kalamazoo County, and a pending felony receiving/concealing a stolen motor vehicle case in Wayne County, in arguing for a high bond.

He was charged in a 2021 misdemeanor stalking case, and on June 7, charges were recommended for a misdemeanor domestic violence and misdemeanor stalking case, according to prosecuting attorney Carley Kocks. She said that incident occurred only nine hours before the alleged May 17 sexual assault and informed the court of the charges he is facing in the May 14 incident. She said he has a history of failing to appear for court and that currently three women have personal protection orders against him.

“I think that Mr. Jackson is a danger to the community,” Kocks said. “Not to be overly dramatic, or anything, but he's a menace to society and women everywhere.”

“My client stands resolute that he is innocent of these charges,” attorney Joshua Kaplan argued. “He is employed in Romulus. He has a 9-year-old son. I understand the prosecutor's point of view, however, we request a low cash bond on this incident and we have no objection to a GPS tether to provide comfort to the community and any concerns that you may have.” That argument was not favored by the magistrate who subsequently set Jackson's bond at $150,000. 

“The alleged actions of this defendant once again show that we are not safe from sexual assault anywhere or any time,”  Worthy said in a prepared statement. “I am not trying to be an alarmist, but we must stay focused and not let incidents like this ever be relegated to the back pages again. Prevention, education, and swift action by law enforcement are key.”