Jonesborough man charged with sexual assault, burglary

Evan Mays • Updated May 29, 2018 at 7:22 PM

A Jonesborough man was charged with sexually assaulting a woman while stealing her purse and using her keys to enter her residence, Johnson City police said in a court record.

Randall E. Bennett, 34, 394 Charlie Hicks Road, was arrested Sunday after the woman told police Saturday that she had been robbed and sexually assaulted by a man she knew.

Bennett was charged with robbery, sexual battery and aggravated burglary. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $25,000 bond with an arraignment set for Tuesday in Sessions Court.

According to the court document, the woman came into contact with Bennett at McDonald’s 1710 W. Market St. The woman told police she allowed Bennett to enter her residence to use the restroom. After they were inside, however, Bennett began acting erratic, and she said it was obvious he was on some sort of drug. After this, the woman asked him to leave, and as he left, she did as well.

The woman was attempting to go back to McDonald’s where her boyfriend was located. Before she could get there, Bennett reportedly grabbed her by her throat and punched her in the stomach. Police said he took a small purse from the woman, then grabbed her by the butt and claimed he was going to have sex with her. The woman fought with Bennett and managed to get away and make it back to McDonald’s.

The woman's mother, who also lives in the apartment, told police when she came home on the night of the incident, she noticed the door was cracked open. When she entered the apartment, she was confronted by Bennett, who then made his way out of the apartment. The woman's mother said Bennett's shorts appeared to be full of items and that the apartment had been "rummaged through," as if Bennett was looking for something.


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