Grand jury to weigh robbery charge for paroled rapist
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Amy Andrews' neighbors stepped up when a man ambushed her and struck her with a rock as she was getting into her car the morning of November 30.
They stood with her again Tuesday, in Hamilton County Sessions Court; one ready to testify that she heard Andrews' screams and called 911. Another, prepared to explain why he gave chase until the suspect dropped Andrews' purse.
All will have to wait until the case goes to a grand jury. Alfonzo Rounsaville has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of aggravated robbery.
"The fact that I had them show up, he (Rounsaville) didn't want to hear that again," Andrews says.
Her black eye has faded. She still considers Jefferson Heights, a rehabbed development near downtown Chattanooga's Southside, a safe place to live.
But she hasn't healed.
"It hit this morning," Andrews says. "It was a shock to see him."
From the moment of her attack, she has suspected her assailant was after more than her purse.
She confirmed her 'gut feeling' when Rounsaville turned up on Tennessee's Sex Offender Registry, classified as a 'violent offender.'
Records show Rounsaville was convicted of rape, eight counts of burglary, and five more felonies in 1986.
He was sentenced to 35 years. But corrections records show he was released this past June.
His last reported address is less than two miles from Andrews' home.
"We took him in when he got out (of prison)," Rounsaville's stepfather, retired Pastor Willie B. White, told Channel 3 earlier this month.
"Our concern's not for him, but for her (Amy Andrews)," White said then. "We want her to know we're sorry and we're thinking about her."
White remarried when Rounsaville's mother died. He and his wife were in Sessions Court for Rounsaville's appearance Tuesday.
"She (Pastor White's wife) reached out to me," Andrews says. "And you know, it's definitely not their fault at all. It's his (Rounsaville's) fault."
Rounsaville remains in the Hamilton County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Andrews says she's reassured that he won't make bail before the Grand Jury hears the case in January.
"I'm okay," she says. "We're gonna get through this, and we're gonna make sure he goes away."