Augusta man charged with robbery, attempted rape

Bond was denied Wednesday for a 37-year-old Augusta man accused of trying to rape an acquaintance who asked him for a ride home.

 

Martel D. Kyles was arrested Monday and charged with robbery by force, criminal attempt to commit rape and battery. He made his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Richmond County Magistrate Court. Saying he believed Kyles posed a danger to the community, Judge Stephen Shepard declined to set bond for Kyles.

According to the arrest warrants Shepard read in court, a woman told investigators that Kyles grabbed her by the neck, forced her into his apartment and threw her to the floor. She said Kyles took $470 from her and threatened to rape and kill her while hitting her in the head and chest.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the victim said Kyles choked her unconscious and when she woke most of her clothing was gone.

At University Hospital where the woman went for a rape examination, she told officers she went out to a couple of clubs drinking with a coworker after work. She called Kyles to ask for a ride home and he came to get her.

After the alleged attack, the victim said Kyles tried to enter her home with her stolen keys and later knocked on her door and said he left her phone by the door. He later texted her and said her clothes were in his vehicle, according to the incident report.

The officers at the hospital noted the woman had extensive bruising on her arms and chest.

Kyles has nine prior arrests which include theft, kidnap, fleeing, obstruction, reckless conduct, battery and two unrelated family violence battery.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

 

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