COLUMBUS (WCMH)–A man accused of being involved in a violent rape made his first appearance in court Friday.
Eric Allan Pearce-Robinson, has been charged with one count of rape and has been taken into custody after an incident that happened May 19. A woman said three males approached her in the 400 block of South Burgess Avenue, pushed her into an alley, and violently raped her at gunpoint. The woman struggled with her attackers and was ultimately shot in the abdomen, police say.
Pearce-Robinson’s photo is being withheld while police investigate other recent west side sexual assaults.
His mother, Melinda Pearce,called the charges “false accusations.”
“But I feel for the victim, you know? Whatever happened, I do feel, cause I’m a woman and a victim, I’ve been raped before,” she said.
“What I feel like is what I want to do is go in a hole and scream and cry. Because at this point in time I’m praying from the bottom of my heart he’s not guilty.”
While Robinson’s family hope for the discovery of his innocence, people on the west side are glad to hear at least one suspect has been caught.
“That was a sigh of relief until I realized there was more than one suspect,” says Kelly Patrick. “Hopefully they try to catch the other two suspects and hopefully the west side gets a little bit better.”
Patrick grew up here, but with the rash of crimes lately she’s thinking of moving her family some place else.
“I always have pepper spray, always watch what we’re doing, make sure no one is following us,” she says.
Crystal Adams also lives near where it happened. She says this is a family-based neighborhood.
“Everybody who lives around here been here for 10, 20, 30 years,” she says.
Friday, her children and their neighbor’s kids were all playing together on the front lawn. But, as soon as it gets dark, no one wants to be out alone.
“I didn’t walk to the store last night because I was scared,” says Adams. “It’s very scary to know that we have somebody like that in our neighborhood given all the kids that are around here.”
Pearce-Robinson was given a $2 million bond.
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