DETROIT – A judge in Detroit took action Friday by raising a defendant’s bond, which many thought to be too low considering the violent nature of the crime.
Police say Dazaun Johnson broke into the home of a 78-year-old woman and attempted to sexually assault her.
In June, Johnson broke into the 78-year-old woman’s home, pulled her pants down, and pressed against her while she was working on a crossword puzzle.
According to authorities, the incident occurred around 10:40 a.m. in the 5800 block of Lodewyck Street on Detroit’s east side.
Prosecutors described what Johnson admitted to police while in court Friday (Sept. 23).
“Once he entered the home, he pushed her down while she was trying to fight him off,” said Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Elizabeth Dornik.
The home invasion and attempted sexual assault of the 78-year-old woman prompted a 36th District Court Magistrate to give Johnson a $5,000.00 bond.
Dornik described the bond as insulting and wildly inappropriate.
36th District Court Judge Kenneth King raised Johnson’s bond to $50,000 and, at Friday’s hearing, he said he had to address the bond again.
“That 78-year-old woman’s house was violated,” said King. “She was violated by the horror she felt at that particular time.”
King raised Johnson’s bond a second time to $100,000 cash.
“I’m just not willing to take that chance with this defendant,” King said.