Habitat for Humanity sexual assault suspect to face judge

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:34am

CORRECTED VERSION: A man accused of a vicious robbery and sexual assault of a couple who were working at a Habitat for Humanity development is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning before Judge J. Randall Wyatt.

James Tremelle Hunt, 21, faces counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated rape, attempted aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault for the incident, which took place in July 2008 off Brick Church Pike in Nashville, according to police reports.

Hunt was arrested in September of this year. He was linked to the crime through DNA evidence, police said.

According to police reports, the attacks occurred while the couple was working at the Timberwood development. Hunt allegedly approached the man first, police say, robbing him at gunpoint before putting him in the back of a truck.

Police say the assailant then turned his attention to the woman and raped her.

Prior to Hunt's arrest the couple filed a lawsuit against Habitat for Humanity in August, alleging that the organization knew the couple were working in a high-crime area.

Hunt has prior convictions for felony evading arrest, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, carrying a prohibited weapon and trespassing, according to police.

(NOTE: Original posting of this story referred to the couple as volunteers, when in fact, they are Habitat for Humanity employees.)