Sunday, May 19, 2013
Cab Driver Accused Of Rape Behind Bars After Bail Raised To $50K From $5K
District attorney’s office said dozens of people called, outraged at the initial low amount
ANCHORAGE—The 43-year-old Yellow Cab driver accused of raping a woman in his taxi was behind bars Wednesday afternoon after a judge raised his bail amount.
Anchorage Superior Court Judge Bob Linton raised Chidiebere Nwokorie’s bail from $5,000 to $50,000.
“I conclude that in assessing the dangerousness of your conduct that is alleged here, that there is a difficult task for a judge to predict what might happen in the future,” Linton said. “But if there were to be a repetition of this conduct, the results to the victim would be so grave.”
The district attorney's office asked for the increased bail amount after dozens of people called, outraged over what they said was too low of a bail amount.
Nwokorie is facing three felony sexual assault charges after Anchorage police say he attacked a woman last Sunday after picking her up in the Ship Creek area and taking her to a secluded area.
Police say the woman ran from the cab, clothes in hand, and flagged down a driver for help.
She attended Nwokorie’s combined bail hearing and arraignment via telephone.
“I would just like to say that $5,000 cash or corporate bail for a crime of this nature is unheard of, and it's so unorthodox,” she said, via speakerphone. “And if we're just going to start letting people go on this type of bail, then I think that a lot of people are going to lose faith in the justice system.”