A judge has denied bail for a man accused of trying to rape a woman at a park in Spartanburg County.
Spartanburg County Sheriffs deputies say 46 year old Walter Lance sexually assaulted a woman, then stole her car Sunday afternoon at Milliken Park. Lance was arrested Monday morning and charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of kidnapping and one count of grand larceny greater than $10,000.
Sheriff Chuck Wright said Lance had already been convicted of 20 charges since 1983. “I can tell you, our form of justice is not making it,” he told reporters in a press conference announcing the arrest. “This fella… has been in jail more times than I have and I’m the admin over at the jail. He seems to get out quicker than I can get out. And I am aggravated”
During a press conference announcing the arrest, Wright said he would recommend that young women travel in groups and get a concealed weapons permit. (AUDIO: Wright: Don’t go for the mace, go for the concealed weapons permit (0:16))
AUDIO: Wright’s entire briefing (4:41)
The woman told deputies she was walking her dog when Lance approached her. She said he briefly spoke with her before grabbing her and dragging her into the woods. He made her strip, threatening to kill her. However, he was unable to rape her and stole her car instead. She later identified Lance in a lineup.
A judge refused to release Lance on bond, citing his criminal history.