Roanoke Police Arrest Man for Assaulting 15-Year-Old Girl

Jamelle Banks

Roanoke, VA - A Roanoke man is in jail Tuesday after police say he pulled a 15-year-old girl into an alley and sexually assaulted her.

Roanoke Police Officers arrested Jamelle Banks, 24, of Roanoke.

Police say the incident happened Monday at 6:33 p.m. in the alley of the 500 block of Mountain Avenue S.W.

Sgt. J. W. Hicks heard the scream of the girl coming from the alley south of Mountain Avenue while he was investigating an unrelated matter in the 500 block of Mountain Avenue. As Sgt. Hicks approached on foot to investigate, he saw a man run from the direction of the screams, crossing Mountain Avenue.

Police say Sgt. Hicks ordered the man to stop, but he ran away and threw away a knife as he ran. He was stopped in the 400 block of Elm Avenue S.W. by Hicks and assisting officers.

Police say the female victim says she had been approached by the man while walking and was forcibly taken into the alley from 5th Street.

The female victim was assaulted, but was not injured in the incident.

Banks was taken to the Roanoke City Jail and charged with Abduction and Aggravated Sexual Battery.