Darius Jackson

Darius Jackson is seen in court with his attorney. (Photo: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Man Found Competent For Trial For Attempted Rape In Detroit Opera House Parking Garage

June 20, 2018 - 3:16 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit man accused of kidnapping, armed robbery and attempted rape has been found competent to stand trial.  

According to Wayne County prosecutors, 25-year-old Darius Deontae Jackson followed a 61-year-old woman to her vehicle in the Detroit Opera House parking garage, in the 1400 block of Broadway, late one night in February of this year.

That's where investigators say he robbed her at gunpoint and attempted to sexually assault her. The woman fought off her attacker, according to police, and sought help from  security guards as the suspect fled the area. 

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Jackson turned himself in to police after surveillance video was released by the media (image at left) and was charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felony firearm.

On Wednesday, Jackson appeared before Wayne County Circuit Judge Kelly Ramsey who set a July 5 pre-trial hearing in the case.

There may not be a trial, however, as Jackson's attorney James Daniel said they are considering a plea deal.

"Because the plea is new, we haven't had a chance to discuss it, so he needs some time to reflect and all that, " Daniel told WWJ's Vickie Thomas. "Then when I talk to him we can kind of put it in perspective and see what option is the best for us here."

Meanwhile, Daniel said he's working to get his client's $250,000 cash bond reduced.

Jackson remains in the Wayne County Jail.