Bond set for man charged with April robbery after being arrested Sunday for child molestation

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMay 17, 2013 

A man arrested Sunday night on child molestation and sexual battery charges faced additional charges in connection with a robbery that occurred in April during a Recorder's Court hearing Friday.

Dejwaun Heard, 17, faced charges of robbery and obstruction of a police officer during Friday's 2 p.m. hearing. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Cpl. Michael Green told Judge Julius Hunter that on April 17 at about 9 p.m., police began looking for two men who allegedly stole a woman's purse from a laundromat on Warm Springs Road. The victim told police that she left her brown purse on a table while she went to get change, and when she turned around her purse was gone.

While officers investigated, they found two individuals matching the description of the suspects in the parking lot of B.J.'s Brew and Cue on Warm Springs Road. Green told the court that officers saw Heard leaning into the window of an SUV talking to an individual. The SUV took off when police pulled up.

Officers found a woman's wallet on the ground near Heard when they approached him. Heard was allegedly argumentative with officers and acted aggressive towards them. While officers were attempting to question Heard, he ran, Green said.

The other suspect told police that Heard had taken the purse, and that he told Heard multiple times to get rid of the purse. Heard allegedly told the suspect that he needed the money.

Green did not specify during the hearing whether the second suspect was charged with an offense.

Sunday night, Heard was taken into custody at an apartment on West Britt David Road. He was charged with felony sexual battery and felony child molestation for allegedly exposing himself to an 11-year-old. He was then arrested and taken to Muscogee County Jail.

During a 2 p.m. Recorder's Court hearing Monday, Heard faced charges of felony child molestation, two counts of felony burglary, felony sexual battery, obstruction of a police officer and possession of marijuana. Judge Mary Buckner set Heard's bond at $26,500.

Although a police report filed May 17 about the April 17 robbery states that Heard was arrested, Green said the additional charges were filed after he saw Heard's photo in the jail's database Wednesday. Heard was subsequently questioned and charged with the robbery.

When Green questioned Heard about the April robbery, Heard allegedly admitted to taking the purse. He told Green the second suspect agreed to take the purse with him when they saw it unattended on a machine through the laundromat's window. Heard allegedly found $35 in the purse, which Green said he refused to share with the second suspect.

The money taken was returned to the victim later, Green said.

Judge Julius Hunter set Heard's bond at $7,750 for the two offenses and bound the case over to Muscogee County Superior Court. Heard's total bond is $34,250. As of Friday afternoon, he is being held at Muscogee County Jail.

An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that Heard was arrested on Wednesday. The original arrest occurred on April 17. Charges were added on May 17. The Ledger-Enquirer regrets the error.

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