CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Right now Terry Johnson is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on $100,000 bond. He is charged with the attempted rape of a child on Durrell Avenue Sunday afternoon but just moments before that his neighbors say this seemingly quiet young man attacked another female tenant, trying to force her into his apartment.
Terry Johnson, 28, stood silently before a judge Monday, charged with the attempted rape of a 7-year-old girl. It's a charge his neighbors never would have expected.
"I thought he was sweet. I gave him a hug every day. He smiled and was always happy so this other side I didn't know," said one of his neighbors.
Johnson's mother tells FOX19 her son suffers from schizophrenia but takes medication and has never attacked anyone. Johnson's neighbors say that may have been true up until Sunday when he allegedly attacked his middle aged female neighbor while naked.
"She turned around to try to go in to her door and he grabbed her from behind and she started fighting him off the best she could."
Apartment Manager Cheri Asher says that neighbor came to her home for help and that is when her husband called police.
"The cops were on their way and he took off down the street. And then a few minutes later he was running down the street towards the graveyard with two people chasing him," said Asher.
One of the people chasing him was Nikki Diop who told FOX19 NOW Sunday night that her 7-year-old daughter was playing outside with friends when Johnson lured her into a laundry room and attempted to assault her. That is when Diop and a friend went after him.
"I chased him down the street. All the way down victory parkway. She comes around the corner. She jumps out the car she pepper sprays him so we were able to keep him there until the police got there," said Diop.
Johnson has no serious criminal history and has yet to be charged in the first alleged attack on his neighbor. His case will now go before a grand jury.