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Bond denied Friday to 42-year-old man accused of kidnapping, attempted rape

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 11:22 AM
Last updated Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 3:07 AM
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Bond was denied Friday for a man accused of kidnapping a woman pumping gas and threatening to kill her 2-year-old daughter.

Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett said Leonard Sapp, 42, is a flight risk and poses a threat to the community and the witnesses.

Sapp’s charges, including criminal attempted rape, kidnapping and carjacking, stem from the night of Sept. 26 when, investigators say, he crept up behind the 19-year-old woman as she pumped gas at the Kangaroo station at 1494 Jones St.

He stuck a knife to her side and forced her into her vehicle, then pointed the knife at the girl in the car seat and threatened to kill her if the woman didn’t comply with his demands, Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Fogus said.

As the woman drove through Harrisburg, Sapp threatened to rape her, Fogus said. She steered into a yard and yelled at a woman outside to grab her daughter and “save her baby,” Fogus said.

The woman grabbed the child as the driver and Sapp struggled in her vehicle. The driver eventually tumbled out of the car and Sapp drove off, only to crash into a parked vehicle, Fogus said. Three men who witnessed the wreck chased Sapp as he ran off, and they held him down in a field until law enforcement officers arrived.

The prosecutor on Friday listed more than 10 arrests in Sapp’s criminal history, including domestic violence and kidnapping.

“The state opposes bond with everything I can,” Fogus said.

Defense attorney Tony Howard asked for a reasonable bond, stating that many of the charges against his client did not result in criminal convictions. Sapp’s niece and nephew said his actions were out of character for the man they knew.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/05/12 - 01:30 pm

Just from reading the story of the crime we know he's physically incompetent. His lawyer will probably have little trouble proving he's mentally incompetent to stand trial.

happychimer 10/05/12 - 01:52 pm
If he is found guilty, we

If he is found guilty, we know he will spend at least 10 yrs in prison. Georgia has a minimum of 10 yrs for kidnapping with no chance of parole. the full 10 yrs has to be served.

TrulyWorried 10/05/12 - 03:33 pm
Out of character??

Those relatives must have been out of the country for a long time not to be familiar with his previous convictions, and I don't think 10 years will do - not when you look at where he has been before! Keep him - the taxpayers will take good care of him. (That's why I keep on wishing for tent city - it would be so much more appropriate for these outcasts, why have all the creature comforts for dirt like him?)

Ruckus 10/06/12 - 04:13 am
This is SAD

I hope they throw the book away on this guy.

soapy_725 10/06/12 - 07:22 am
The poster boy for government engineering.

And it is no accident. Create a boogeyman and then provide services to control the boogeyman. Then blame society for the boogeyman and cause division and hatred.

The US government took pages from the British government. Send Protestant Scots to Catholic Ireland and give the Scots all of the good jobs. Discriminate against the Irish in their own land, cause division, hatred, civil disobedience and death.

German/French kings and queens of England have used Celtic peoples (Scot, Irish and Welsh) to fight their wars of world colonization for almost a 1000 years. It worked for a long time.

Now the kings and queens of America are using their "least citizens" to fight their wars of global monetary domination.

soapy_725 10/06/12 - 07:25 am
U.S. Issue

A frustrated, angry, disenfranchised, single, amoral African American male.

Where was the village, Hillary?

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