Johnny Jennings is the chief police officer of Charlotte in North Carolina. He criticized a judge’s decision to lower the bond for a repeat violent offender from $2 million to $50,000 on Wednesday.
Octavis Wilson (29), is being charged with first-degree kidnapping and second degree forcible rape.
“We were happy and grateful for the Mecklenburg County Magistrate’s Office’s original decision to issue Octavis Wilson a $2million bond. He is a violent repeat offenders.” Jennings tweeted that a judge had decided to reduce the bond of this individual to $50k just days later. “The CMPD considers violent offenses against members of our community extremely serious. We will continue to use every resource to hold those who are guilty accountable.”
Wilson was most recently charged with striking up a conversation in Charlotte with a woman walking along the streets of Charlotte, before “brutally” attacking her and sexually assaulting them. Police announced this on Nov. 5.
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His past charges have accumulated over the years. He was most recently charged with assault with deadly weapon and attempted forcible rape with the first degree on Sept. 16. According to Mecklenburg County, he was released on October 5, less than a month after being charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted first-degree forcible rape.
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Wilson was arrested in April for assault to inflict severe injury. He was released in June. The 29-year old was charged last year with first-degree forcible and attempted rape, as well as assault with a deadly instrument in an incident on September 13, 2021. He was released on September 30, 2021.
Before that, Wilson was charged with assaulting a female, communicating threats, and larceny in connection to an incident on February 9, 2021. He was released on February 22, 2021.
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“What message are we sending our citizens when these offenders return to their homes after committing serious crimes against them?” Jennings was curious. Jennings asked.
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The chief of police continued: “We continue asking our judicial partners that these crimes be taken just as seriously as we do.” A community cannot have enough security for their safety without a bond amount.
Mecklenburg County voted Tuesday for a Democratic District Attorney and Democratic District Judges, despite Republicans winning the North Carolina Supreme Court. Many of these were unopposed. According to the Charlotte Observer, Democrats also won nine seats on Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.