Rape case against St. Croix couple will not be prosecuted at this time


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ST. CROIX - Statements of no prosecution have been filed in the case of a couple who were arrested last month in connection with the forcible rape of a woman just days before.

Jeury-Jordany Bridge, 31, and his girlfriend, Glay Mejia, 24, both of Work and Rest appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho last week to be arraigned on charges of first-degree rape; unlawful sexual contact; third-degree assault; kidnap for rape; grand larceny; and aggravated assault and battery.

At that time, Camacho informed them that the Attorney General's Office had filed a statement of no prosecution in their cases and all conditions of restraint against them had been vacated.

According to the statement filed by Deputy Attorney General Bruce Marshack, the attorney general's office made the decision not to continue with prosecution of the matter at this time. However, the attorney general's office has the right to re-file the case against the two if circumstances change or if additional information arises.

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 said that instead of taking her home to 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, 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.

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 cellphone 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.

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 the time of their arrest, but during their release hearing, bail was increased to $100,000.

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

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