Suspect accused of attempted rape

A police investigation that began Jan. 1 after a woman reported that a man had attempted to rape her led to the arrest of the suspect Monday.

After a court hearing Tuesday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Harold Locke, 32, with attempted rape, two counts of aggravated assault, and with being a felon in possession of a firearm because of a prior conviction.

A probable-cause affidavit from Detective Jerry Lambert said police were called to the Valero Big Red Truck Stop at 8110 Sheridan Road to meet the alleged victim at 8:58 a.m.

The Sheridan resident told police she was driving through the Dollarway area and drove onto an unknown street and her car got stuck in a ditch. She said two black males offered to help her, and on the pretext of getting tools to get the car out of the ditch, drove to a motel on Dollarway Road.

Lambert said in the affidavit that the woman went inside to use the restroom and one of the men, whom she later identified as Locke, attempted to rape her in the bathroom. The woman also said Locke struck her several times in the face, and pulled a gun on her.

The alleged victim said she was able to run out of the bathroom and out the door of the motel room, then went to a convenience store nearby where she called a friend to come get her.

Bridgforth set a $50,000 cash only bond for Locke, and also ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Locke, and he was told to come back to court March 12.