Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Columbus police have arrested a black man on charges that he forced a 15-year-old girl into the woods and raped her
Jermain B. Nathan, 18, of Columbus has been jailed on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping and robbery, said police Lt. Ronald Hastings. The incident happened when the girl, a Kendrick High School student, was walking near Forrest Road and Honeysuckle Drive when she was attacked, police said. She was treated for injuries at The Medical Center and released, according to family members. Family members said that the girl watched football practice at Fort Middle School and left with another girl about sundown. The other girl caught a ride home with a family member, leaving the 15-year-old to walk alone. The girl’s attacker threatened to kill her, according to relatives. After the attack, she fled the woods naked and bloodied and went to a nearby house for help. Hastings said that Nathan was arrested at his residence. He declined to release further details about the case ahead of a preliminary Recorder’s Court hearing. The victim was relieved that Nathan was arrested, her father said.