Posted at: 05/21/2013 10:46 PM
Updated at: 05/21/2013 11:23 PM
By: Lynette Adams
LeRoy Police say they've arrested the man they say broke into the home of a LeRoy woman, stole from her, then raped her at knifepoint.
Charles Johnson was arraigned in LeRoy Town Court Tuesday night. He's charged with predatory sexual assault, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.
News10NBC was in court Tuesday night when the 29 year-old was arraigned.
Leroy police are calling this a true stranger-related home invasion. The man they have accused says he has been targeted because he's African American.
“It's a racial problem. I don't know what's going on,” said Charles Johnson.
Those were the words Johnson spoke as police escorted him into court Tuesday.
Johnson says he is not guilty of this crime, saying police arrested him because he fit the generic description of the suspect.
Police say it was Johnson who broke into the Gilbert Street apartment of a woman who was asleep at the time on May 9.
Police say she woke up with a knife to her throat and was raped. News10NBC is told she sustained lacerations to her face and neck.
Police say they searched for the man responsible, the trail went cold.
Police say Johnson lives a block away from where this happened and they think he broke in through an open window.
Johnson says he was with friends the night of this crime and they will vouch for him.
Police say what happened is almost unheard of in LeRoy.
“I've been on the job 24 years. We've had people who have been burglars. We've had people who have committed rapes, but to put the two together, extremely rare,” said Detective John Condidorio, Leroy Police Department.
Johnson pleaded not guilty Tuesday night. He is being held at the Genesee County Jail in Batavia.
Johnson had been living in Florida up until about two months ago.
He admitted he does have prior convictions in Florida and in the Rochester area. He would only say his convictions in Florida are related to illegal drugs.