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Bail Increased for Man Accused of Assualting Bartlett Student

By Austin Baird, Political, Rural Reporter, abaird@ktuu.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:04:59 PM AKST
Updated On: Nov 27 2013 04:35:42 PM AKST
Rodney Stevens Anchorage
ANCHORAGE -

A 21-year-old Anchorage man appeared in court Wednesday to be charged for striking and assaulting a female student outside Bartlett High School a day earlier.

Rodney Stevens was charged with one count each of second-degree and fourth-degree assault. 

Court documents reveal the victim was a 15-year-old high school freshman.

"After some very brief exchange of words, (the victim) started to head towards school," the indictment alleges. "Stevens began to follow her, and she started to feel uncomfortable about the situation, so she stopped to see if he would pass her."

Stevens then allegedly threw her to the ground and started punching her in the head, eventually placing her in a headlock and twisting her neck. The man agreed to let her go if "she wouldn't tell anyone who had beat her up."

She immediately reported the incident but was left with a bruise and swollen nose that appeared to have been broken as well as injuries to her face and redness on her neck.

Anchorage police spokesperson Jennifer Castro said Stevens is from Copper Center and never attended Bartlett.

"He told police he has lived in Anchorage for a number of years," Castro said.

His bail was increased from $5,000 to $10,000 cash with a third-party custodian by the judge Wednesday.

Channel 2's Chris Klint and Corey Allen-Young contributed to this story