Toledo teen rape suspect to be tried as adult
Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:40:12 GMT —
The Toledo teen accused of raping a woman in broad daylight will be tried as an adult.
Anferney Fontenet, 15, is accused of raping a mentally-handicapped woman on Jan. 19, 2010. The attack happened on a busy street in West Toledo as cars drove by.
Police say the victim, a 26-year-old woman who suffers from bipolar disorder and Asperger's syndrome, was walking to the West Toledo library on Sylvania Ave. when she was attacked. Authorities say that as the woman approached Royalton Rd. near Lyman Ave., Fontenet came up behind her and put scissors to her throat. He then took off her pants and proceeded to rape her, according to police.
Fontenet has been formally charged with delinquency in connection with the rape and robbery. He appeared in Lucas County Juvenile Court in early February, when Judge Connie Zemmelman found probable cause to try the teen as an adult. On Monday, prosecutors argued to hold the teen accountable in an adult court, despite a pyschological evaluation stating he may not be able to handle it.
The teen, who is a sophomore at Start High School, told police that he knew why he was being interviewed by authorities. "I walked up behind a girl, grabbed her neck, raped her, and took her phone," Fontenet told detectives after the attack.
Since he will face trial in an adult court, Fontenet is expected to soon be moved to the Lucas County Jail. A Lucas County Grand Jury will then decide what charges will be brought against the teen.