CLEVELAND (WJW) — A 19-year-old man arrested in two separate kidnapping incidents appeared in court Friday morning.
Shane Barker is accused of attacking a 61-year-old woman near the Meadow Ridge Picnic area in the Brookside Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks on Oct. 20. Three days later, he’s accused of attacking a 41-year-old woman in the same location.
The U.S. Marshals Service said, in both instances, Barker followed the women on a hiking trail, attacked them and threw them to the ground. Both women were able to escape and reported the incident to police.
On Friday, Barker appeared before a judge and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The judge assigned a public defender and set bond at $50,000 cash. If he is able to post it, Barker will be on house arrest and must wear a GPS ankle monitor.
Barker was arrested near West 30th Street and Seymour Avenue earlier this month. Officers followed him in a vehicle and conducted a traffic stop where they arrested him without incident.
U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott previously said, “The Cleveland Metroparks Police worked diligently to identify this violent suspect and as soon as he was identified the task force went to work to locate and arrest him. He is a danger to the safety of our community and the city of Cleveland is safer with him behind bars.”
Anyone who may have additional information related to criminal incidents concerning Barker is asked to call police.