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Charges dropped against man accused of attacking jogger

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Charges against Saint Roland Jean-Charles were dropped Monday. Charges against Saint Roland Jean-Charles were dropped Monday.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - After 18 months of facing attempted kidnapping and assault charges, Saint Roland Jean-Charles is about to walk out of jail a free man.

All along he has maintained his innocence, and now, the court system apparently agrees.

"Mr. Jean Charles was out on his routine morning jog and next thing he knows he's in the backseat of a squad car," said Jean-Charles' defense attorney, Blake Ballin.

At 6 a.m. on December 21, 2011, a woman out jogging in her Arlington neighborhood says someone snuck up on her, punched her in the chest, put his hand over her mouth, and tried to drag her away.

She fought him off and got away.

While police were on scene, Jean-Charles jogged up.

An eyewitness identified him as the attacker.

"That simply doesn't make sense," said Ballin, who argued that they had the wrong guy.

"While she's genuine in her belief that this is the right person, she's mistaken here," he said.

Just moments before Jean-Charles' trial was supposed to begin on Monday, prosecutors dropped the charges against him.

While Jean-Charles still faces an unrelated misdemeanor charge for which his bond was revoked five months ago, Ballin says he should post bond and be home by Monday night.

"He's ready to go home. He has a newborn child, a 7-week-old that he has not met yet. Was born since he's been in custody. He's ready to go home and hold her," explained Ballin.

Jean-Charles' trial on the misdemeanor is scheduled for September 3.

The district attorney's office has not yet responded to Action News 5 with a comment on the dropped charges.

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