November 30, 2008
Jason Fernandez - Indiana Man Attempts To Rape Mom While Kids Were In The House. Caught By His Own Glasses
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Demotte, Indiana (The Weekly Vice) -- Jason Todd Fernandez, a 21-year-old Demotte, Indiana man was arrested on charges that he attempted to rape a woman while her children were in the house. Told police that he knew he'd be caught. He just wanted to delay his arrest until after the holidays.
According to Demotte police, Fernandez entered the home of Kristina Carlson-Burke Nov. 20 at around 3 a.m. and climbed into her bed as she slept. When Carlson-Burke awoke, she ordered Fernandez to leave. Instead, he allegedly held her down and began to pull her clothing off. The struggle landed the pair on the floor next to the bed, where Carlson-Burke then began to kick Fernandez in an effort to get him off of her.
As Fernandez struggled to hold down the fighting woman, the victim suffered a bloodied lip, abrasions to her face and neck and bruises on various other parts of her body. Fernandez also began to remove his own clothing - including his glasses, a green hoodie and a gray shirt.
As the struggle continued, Carlson-Burke's children were awakened by the commotion and screaming. When she shouted at them to call 911, Fernandez fled into the night, leaving behind his glasses and clothing, according to police.
Since the woman did not know the man who allegedly attempted to rape her, authorities used good detective work to narrow down possible suspects. They were able to use the abandoned glasses to narrow down where they were purchased. A Wal-Mart in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Using the serial number, detectives were able to create a list of buyer's who purchased the specific pair of glasses left at the scene. Only one of those buyers lived in the Demotte area.
Investigators found Fernandez, discovering that he strongly resembled the description given to them by the victim. His vehicle also matched the vehicle described to them by Carlson-Burke and her daughter from the night of the attempted rape.
When authorities interviewed Fernandez, he admitted to being the owner of the shirt and hoodie and admitted that he owned a pair of classes similar to the glasses police had recovered. He allegedly told police that he had been drinking that night and didn't remember much outside of being in a dark room where he was being pushed and yelled at. Carson-Burke picked Fernandez - without hesitation - out of a 6 person line-up, according to police.
"He tried to play it off that he didn't remember anything, but he knew he was caught," said Demotte police Chief Tom Jarrette. Authorities say Fernandez later told them that he knew he was going to be caught. He was just trying to postpone it until after the holidays.
Fernandez was arrested just five days after the alleged attempted rape and was booked into the Jasper County Corrections Center.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Merry Christmas Fernandez. Hopefully Spivey and the his gang of Nazi cellmates will have some holiday cheer to spread your way. Raping a woman in front of her own kids? Yes, I'd say they should double that holiday cheer.
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