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Police: 15-year-old sexually assaults Chesterfield woman on his walk to school

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 07:03:45-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A 15-year-old boy walking to Manchester High School Monday morning sexually assaulted a stranger, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett.

The student was walking along Bailey Bridge Road when he saw the woman in a nearby parking lot. It was there the sexual assault took place, police said.

The teen pushed the woman into her own car that was parked in the 11700 block of Hull Street, police said.

After attacking the woman, the boy ran and hid in a backyard in the 5000 block of Wiltstaff Court -- about three-quarters of a mile away, according to Crime Insider sources.

The woman, according to witnesses,  followed the boy to Wiltstaff, while she stayed on the phone with police.

"[A police officer] immediately grabbed what looked like a younger person and put him in handcuffs,” said Timothy O'Kennon, who saw police swarming the cul-de-sac across the street. "It’s very unsettling especially hearing it was an assault and involved a high school student."

Police arrested the teen who was later served juvenile petitions for sexual assault and object sexual penetration.

"Juvenile petitions are basically the same as an arrest warrant,” CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone commented. “A judge will give him a preliminary hearing where a judge decides if there's enough probable cause to go forward to a grand jury. That is assuming a prosecutor wants him tried as an adult."

The attack was random, according to Crime Insider sources. Stone said that would add another serious layer to the boys charges.

"When it's a known victim it is more predictable,” said Stone. “When it's random it isn't, so most judges and juries see that as a more dangerous situation."

If he’s tried as an adult and is convicted, the 15-year-old could spend life in prison.

One witness said the woman's screams will be hard to forget.