A Rolla man is being held on $500,000 bond after being charged in connection with an alleged assault and attempted rape that reportedly took place at an intersection near the university.
Tyler Joshua Dalton, age 18 of Rolla, was arrested after allegedly grabbing a woman, throwing her to the ground and attempting to assault her in a sexual manner.
The incident was reported on May 22 at the intersection of 10th Street and Highway 63. According to court documents, a Rolla police officer responded to the location on a check the well being call after receiving a report that a female was standing at the intersection crying.
According to the probable cause statement, the woman told the officer she had been attacked and thrown down by an unknown male subject.This subject was later identified as Joshua Dalton.
The female was allegedly walking in the 900 block of North Bishop at approximately 11:30 p.m. when a male, later identified as Dalton, ran past her and starting to walk in front of her. She told police Dalton walked to the intersection of 10th and Highway 63 and waited next to the traffic light pole.
His presence, according to court documents, made her nervous so she turned and changed direction, heading east on 10th Street, away from where he was standing. After walking “a short distance,” she was allegedly attacked from behind.
According to the probable cause statement, the victim stated Dalton allegedly “wrapped his arms around her, covering her mouth and throwing her to the ground.” She told the reporting officer Dalton then pulled her skirt up and began trying to manipulate her underwear.
The victim began screaming for help, and told the officer Dalton then ran south across the Missouri S&T parking lot. She described Dalton as being a “male wearing a light colored hat which was turned around backward.”
According to the probable cause statement, the victim told the officer she did not know Dalton. A picture of the suspect was obtained from the college’s security cameras which covered the intersection. The footage from the cameras showed a figure who matched the description given by the victim, according to the statement. A further review of the camera footage showed Dalton walk to the intersection and wait for the victim. The victim’s account of what happened was confirmed by the footage, according to the probable cause statement.
After being placed under arrest being advised of his Miranda rights, the officer’s report said Dalton stated to the officer that he was not there when questioned. Dalton gave the same answer when confronted with a picture of him standing at the intersection, and another of him walking to the intersection.
When putting Dalton into the patrol vehicle, he allegedly stated he “didn’t grab that girl,” according to the probable cause statement. According to his report, the officer did not ask him if he had grabbed the girl.
Dalton’s case review is scheduled for June 5, with a bond of $500,000 with special conditions.