Judge raises bail for St. Croix couple charged in rape of woman in a vehicle

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ST. CROIX - A man and woman arrested Monday morning in connection with a forcible rape last week were advised of their rights in V.I. Superior Court on Tuesday morning.

Jeury-Jordany Bridge, 31, and his girlfriend, Glay Mejia, 24, both of Work and Rest appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho, who advised them of their rights on charges of first-degree rape; unlawful sexual contact; third-degree assault; kidnap for rape; grand larceny; and aggravated assault and battery.

According to the affidavit filed by V.I. Police Detective Vanessa Richardson, a 24-year-old woman told police she caught a ride from a party at Times Square Bar with Bridge and Mejia about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 3.

The woman said that instead of taking her home in Christiansted, Bridge drove to a bar where Mejia works and got a bottle of vodka.

The woman told police that the couple then drove to their apartment and they told her to come inside, but she did not and stayed in the car.

The woman said when they came back, Bridge told her that they wanted her to join them for a sexual encounter, but she refused and told them to take her home.

The woman said the couple got back into the car and drove away, turning off onto a side road in the area, where the sexual assault took place. The woman said Bridge got out of the car and opened the back door and attacked her, pulling at her pants to get them off.

The woman told police that she and Bridge struggled, Mejia - who still was in the front seat - reached back and slapped the woman about her face and head, then held her hands so that she could no longer fight and Bridge raped her.

The woman told police that Bridge then forced her out of the car, without her shirt and with her pants to her ankles.

She said she told Mejia and Bridge she was going to police to report the rape, and that as she walked in front of the car, Mejia hit her with the car, causing bruises to her knee.

Richardson said when the rape was reported, police interviewed the couple and they both stated that they left the party and went to their apartment to party some more, and once there, the woman brought up the topic of having a threesome. They told police that an argument started about a cell phone and then they started to drive her home.

They said when they reached the area of Peter's Rest, the woman got Mejia mad, so they stopped the car and put her out.

They both denied the rape and the assault, according to Richardson, who also said Bridge and Mejia agreed to allow police to collect DNA samples from them to further the investigation.

Bail for the couple was set at $75,000 at that time of their arrest, but during Tuesday's hearing, Assistant Attorney General Charlotte Poole Davis asked the court to increase the bail to $100,000, given the seriousness of the charges and the nature of the crimes.

Assistant Public Defender H. Hannibal O'Bryan objected to the increased bail and offered a third-party custodian for Bridge. He also asked that Mejia be released on an unsecured bond with the standard conditions.

Camacho granted the prosecution's motion to increase the bond for both individuals. The judge said he would allow just 10 percent of the bond to be posted and said the couple would each be placed on 24-hour house arrest with electronic monitoring device.

For Bridge and Mejia to be placed on less-restrictive conditions that would allow them to work, a job letter would have to be notarized and submitted to the court, Camacho ordered.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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