FALMOUTH (CBS) — A judge has ordered a Buzzards Bay man accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Bourne held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.
John F. Allen, 18, was charged in court Friday with aggravated kidnapping, strangulation, and assault and battery after he allegedly grabbed a girl from her Puritan Road bus stop last week. Police arrested Allen in connection with the assault on Thursday.
Police say Allen grabbed the 14-year-old from behind while she was walking toward her bus stop on Nov. 10, grabbed her neck and threw her to the ground. The girl was uninjured after a bystander intervened and allegedly chased Allen off. The girl told police she did not know her attacker. Police say they are neighbors.
Police fingered Allen as the attacker because of vehicle and clothing descriptions given by witnesses, and what police called inconsistencies in Allen’s story. Witnesses told police a metallic blue Infinity G-35 had been in the area prior to the attack and the day of the attack. Allen owns a car that fits the description, WBZ-TV’s Nicole Jacobs reports, where police found a sweatshirt witnesses had described the attacker wearing.
Allen’s defense attorney John Glynn says inconsistencies actually stem from witness accounts that described a light blue car and a man in his 30s with grey stubble on his face. He also says the girl could not identify his client in a photo line up.
Allen is the co-captain of his football team at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, and the superintendent there says he’s an exemplary student. Allen’s mother says she loves her son and he’s innocent.
Still, a Falmouth District Court judge ordered Allen held until he undergoes a dangerousness hearing next week.
Bourne Police say there is no threat to other children in the town.