Prosecutors re-file rape charges against couple accused of assaulting woman in car


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ST. CROIX - An Estate Work and Rest couple are back behind bars, following their re-arrest on rape and related charges in a sexual assault reported during the early morning hours of Feb. 3.

Jeury-Jordany Bridge, 31, and his girlfriend, Glay Mejia, 24, both of Work and Rest once again appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho on Monday morning, to be advised 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.

They had been arrested last month on identical charges, but when they appeared for their arraignment Feb. 26, they were advised that the V.I. Attorney General's Office had filed a statement of no prosecution, and all conditions of restraint against them had been vacated.

According to a statement filed by Deputy Attorney General Bruce Marshack, at that time the Attorney General's Office made the decision not to continue with prosecution of the matter.

However, the Attorney General's Office had the right to re-file the case against the two if circumstances changed or if additional information arose through investigation, which the attorney general now has done.

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

The woman told police that the couple 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, where the sexual assault took place. The woman said Bridge got out of the car, opened the back door and attacked her, pulling at her pants to get them off.

The woman told police that as 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 around her ankles.

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 said something that got Mejia mad, so they stopped the car and put her out.

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

On Monday, bail for the couple was set at $100,000.

Assistant Public Defender Venetia Velasquez asked the court to allow to allow Bridge to be released to a third-party custodian, who will post $82,000 worth of property and sign an unsecured bond for the balance.

Camacho said he had concerns because property must be two times the amount of the bail, so that posted would only secure $41,000 worth of the bail, leaving the outstanding amount too large for him to allow Bridge's release. The judge noted that the charges are serious and that Bridge has a prior conviction in 2008 that he must consider.

Camacho said if Bridge satisfies the financial obligation of the conditions, he will be placed on 24-hour house arrest without the use of an electronic monitoring device to allow him to continue working.

Velasquez said her office will file a request for pre-trial release on behalf of Mejia at a later date.

Bridge and Mejia remain jailed.

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

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