published Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Chattanooga city worker charged with kidnapping, rape

A Chattanooga city worker remains in jail on a $60,000 bond after a woman reported that she was kidnapped from Warehouse Row, held against her will at a local residence and raped repeatedly, according to Chattanooga police reports.

Carlton Wayne Cameron, 52, who is employed as a crew worker doing building maintenance for the city, according to records, was identified by the woman through a photo lineup, according to the arrest report.

Cameron was charged with five counts of aggravated rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery. He was arrested Monday during a traffic stop in the 1000 block of East 23rd Street, police said, and he was in Hamilton County Jail as of Monday evening.

Shrena Bell, 35, nicknamed “Re Re,” also has warrants issued for her arrest in the alleged kidnapping and rape along with Cameron, according to police, but there’s no indication that she has been arrested.

According to the report, police responded to Parkridge Medical Center on Saturday afternoon on a sexual assault call and interviewed the woman. She told police she was leaving Warehouse Row on Market Street on Friday when a woman approached and asked for directions. The suspect then held a knife to the victim’s throat and ordered her to move to the passenger seat of a vehicle, the victim told police.

The female suspect drove to a residence and reportedly picked up Cameron. They went to another residence at 3120 W. 16th Ave., where the victim was taken to a room and locked inside, according to the report.

The man and woman returned several times, with one holding the victim down while they took turns performing sex acts on her, the report stated.

“The victim also reported that the suspects repeatedly threatened to harm or kill her and her family members if she did not cooperate,” the report said.

During the attack, the man was referred to as “Carl” and the woman as “Re Re,” the report said.

Several pieces of jewelry also were taken from the woman, the report said.

The victim suffered bruising to her inner thighs, upper arms and knees, which corroborated the version of events she gave to police.

The report did not state how the victim got away.

Cameron’s court date is set for March 15.

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Thank God she got away.

March 1, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.
Abe said...

No, reporter, no.

"The suspect then held a knife to the victim’s throat and ordered her to move to the passenger seat of a vehicle, the victim told police." "The female suspect drove to a residence."

The suspect didn't hold a knife. The attacker did. The female suspect didn't drive; the female attacker did.

Police (and police reporters) should understand that the suspect, and the evil doer, are two different people, unless and until someone is convicted of a crime. It's a basic principle of our legal system, and of basic journalism.

Police tend to assume that all people they charge are guilty, so they refer to the bad guys as "suspects." Therefore it's a challenge for reporters, because they're often writing stories from police reports and police interviews in which the police themselves wrongly say the suspect did this or that. The police don't know what the suspect did, but they know what the attackers did.

"The suspect held a gun..." No, the robber held the gun. A suspect is usually what the police don't have; and if they do have one, it's yet unproven whether that suspect did anything. That's what trials are for.

March 1, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.
midnitewatchman said...

The verbage of Suspect Vs Attacker? Thanks for the laugh...

March 1, 2011 at 11:56 p.m.
codymaxwell said...

I agree with Abe--the man and woman that are charged with the crime are constitutionally entitled to a presumption of innocence, just as all of us are, in any infraction ranging from running a stop light to murder. The newspaper report tells an assumed story, with the "suspects" being the told perpetrators of a terrible crime--without their rights to a fair trial, a jury of their peers, etc., etc., etc.

This "verbage" is the same in most newspapers--but just because it's the norm doesn't make it right.

Thanks, Abe. I never really considered this sensationalizing aspect of newspaper (supposedly impartial) journalism. I'll remember this.

This sensationalism reminds me of the Times-Free Press story about the woman who recently committed suicide by jumping off a downtown bridge. If I remember correctly, that story began with the line, "The vultures found her," or something like that. Disgusting, inappropriate and inconsiderate to the woman's family.

March 4, 2011 at 11:33 p.m.
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