A Shawnee man arrested following a jogger's assault at a local cemetery now faces formal charges in that case.
Douglas Brooks Jr., 24, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with felony counts of sexual battery and kidnapping, as well as a misdemeanor count of assault and battery.
Brooks in accused in the July 23 assault of a local woman as she jogged in Fairview Cemetery, located in the 1400 block of North Center.
In the count of sexual battery, he is accused of grabbing the arms and body of the woman in a lewd and lascivious manner, charges read. For the kidnapping count, Brooks is accused of forcibly grabbing the woman while she jogged to confine her. In the misdemeanor count, he is accused of grabbing her with force and violence.
With a physical description and help from the woman in making a positive identification through a photo line-up, Shawnee police arrested Brooks several days after the incident. He was booked him into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center, where he remains jailed on a $10,000 bond.
The 35-year-old woman, identified only as Shelley, has been back to jog in the cemetery several times since this incident, but said she doesn't plan on ever letting her guard down ever again.
"I already notice I am constantly looking around for people coming up behind me," she said, advising women to always "trust their gut."
After making the first one-mile lap around the cemetery about 3 p.m. that day, she said she noticed a man standing in the cemetery with a backpack.
She wasn't concerned, at first, and kept running. But after she went a second mile around, the man was still standing there.
"I ran past him," she said, but about 100 yards later, she heard footsteps behind her.
"I stopped and looked at him," she said, thinking he needed directions or something. "He told me how pretty I was."
The suspect tried to give her a necklace, she said, then "grabbed my arms and pushed me down."
At one point, she said he tried on top of her, but she was finally able to break free and run to another area of the cemetery where a grave crew was working.
Brooks' next court date in this case is scheduled Aug. 12.
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