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Hilltop Crip charged with raping cellmate in Pierce County Jail

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm with No Comments
February 9, 2011 3:23 pm

A man recently convicted of two felonies in connection with the Hilltop Crips crackdown now faces allegations he raped a man in the Pierce County Jail.

Prosecutors last month charged Andre L. Bonds, 38, with three counts of second-degree rape. Not guilty pleas were entered on Bonds’ behalf at his arraignment this afternoon.

A man who shared a cell with Bonds in May told police the defendant sexually assaulted him three times. Bonds, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and 230 pounds, threatened to beat the man if he resisted, court records state.

“The defendant told (the man) that if he yelled or said anything he would break his neck,” court records show. The alleged victim is about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds.

In a letter to jail staff, Bonds denied attacking the man.

He wrote he “practically grew up in this jail and being sexually involved with another man is totally out of the question for me,” court records show.

A state forensic scientist found some biological evidence ¬†on the alleged victim’s clothing, the records show. Further tests are pending on that evidence.

At the time of the alleged rapes, Bonds was in jail awaiting trial on charges brought against him as part of a law enforcement crackdown on the Hilltop Crips, one of Tacoma’s oldest street gangs.

He eventually pleaded guilty to riot and conspiracy to commit drive-by shooting in that case and was sentenced to five years in prison. That sentence is running concurrently with a 23-year sentence he received in 2009 for a first-degree assault conviction.