First On 3: Accused purse-snatcher is convicted rapist
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- He's charged with aggravated robbery after neighbors foiled what they believed was a purse-snatching near a home in Chattanooga's Southside Jefferson Heights neighborhood.
But Alfonso Rounsaville, 54, likely has to worry about more than finding a lawyer before his next appearance in Hamilton County General Sessions Court December 18.
"My suspicion is that he was after something else," his accuser, Amy Andrews, told Channel 3 Monday. "He did not ask for my purse. He hit me in the head!:
"We found him on the Sex Offender Registry," her boyfriend, Michael Walker says. "It makes you wonder, what if?"
The registry classifies Rounsaville as a 'violent' offender, based upon a conviction for rape that, court records indicate, occurred May 13, 1986. It also indicates Rounsaville has used more than half-a-dozen aliases, or variations on the spelling of his name.
Channel 3 also has learned that Rounsaville has convictions for eight burglaries, all listed as occurring within days of the rape.
The registry indicates that the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office contacted Rounsaville in September. He listed a home address on W. 14th Street, only blocks from Amy Andrews' home in Jefferson Heights.
"He used to live here, when he got out of prison," Rounsaville's stepfather, Willie Bernard White says. "He'd been here since June."
White says he and members of his church tried to help Rounsaville find work, but that his stepson had been unable to find steady employment.
"He'd leave in the morning, and come back at night saying nobody would hire him," White says.
"We didn't know he'd been arrested until he called us from jail, but he didn't say what for."
White would learn of the specific charges by reading reports on line and watching Channel 3's newscasts.
"Our concern's not for him, but for her (Amy Andrews)," White says. "We want her to know we're sorry and we're thinking about her."
Rounsaville remains in the Hamilton County Jail in lieu of $100,000.
"I don't think he's going anywhere," White says. "We're not paying it. I don't know of anyone in his family who would pay it."
On line records indicated Rounsaville has only $1.01 in his jail commissary account.
Wednesday, Andrews and Walker had hoped Sessions Court would raise Rounsaville's bond, and bump up his case to Criminal Court.
Instead, his case was continued until December 18.
"It's hit," Andrews told Channel 3 outside court. "I don't have the adrenaline anymore."
"She's shaken up," Walker says. "But she's a trouper. We'll be back on the 18th and go from there."