Jackson police arrest man accused of trying to rape relative
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson police arrested a man accused of trying to rape a relative. Officers said they found the suspect walking down the street armed with a knife. “That‘s bull [expletive],” said Benjamin Jason Grant in Jackson City Court on Wednesday. A judge formally charged the 19-year-old with criminal attempt rape and criminal attempt incest on Wednesday. Grant is accused of trying to rape an adult female relative Tuesday night. “It’s very scary, especially when we’re on the road,” Suzanne Hoover said. Hoover sells produce not far from Bon Air Circle, the street where police said they found Grant walking with a knife after the alleged victim reportedly fought him off of her. “We have women that work in the tents, and it’s quite a concern,” Hoover said. According to a new Tennessee Bureau of Investigation domestic violence study, women are three times more likely to be victimized than men. “The greatest medical health issue to women in particular is domestic and sexual violence,” Wo/men‘s Resource and Rape Assistance Program Clinical Program Manager Cinda Gee said. Gee said a past history of violence is an extremely high indicator of future violence. “They will be violent unless there has been significant intervention, and typically the intervention is law enforcement and jail,” she said. Hoover said she plans to be more cautious. “Any time you got such a situation that happens that close to you, regardless of whether you’re in the country, the city, or where, it’s very scary,” she said. The prosecutor told the court Grant could be a danger to himself. The judge ordered he undergo a mental evaluation. Grant is being held at the Madison County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. For more information on WRAP, visit their website at www.wraptn.org.