HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A convicted felon is accused of raping a 24-year-old woman at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Hartford.
Allen Oakes, 26, is charged with sexual assault and breach of peace. Oakes told police while waiting for a bus, he smoked synthetic marijuana. Then he walked away, eventually following a woman who had just left work at the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
It was then Oakes said, “He heard voices in his head telling him to grab her,” police said.
The police report said the woman was walking to her car when she cut through a driveway next to the church, and was attacked from behind near the Dumpster area. Officers found Oakes at a Trumbull Street corner across from Bushnell Park after he was caught by another DEEP employee.
The Good Samaritan, who declined to be interviewed on camera, said he was driving down Clinton Street in his truck when he heard a woman screaming. He saw the woman, who was also crying, then saw a man fleeing and chased after him.
DEEP issued a memo, addressing employee safety and security, as well as reached out to the victim.
“Our hearts go out to the victim and wish her well,” said DEEP spokesperson Dennis Schain. “We’ve started a process where people can request an escort to their car if they are parked in one of the nearby lots.”
State employees are now on high alert. Tracie Brown, a DEEP employee said, “I’m definitely alarmed. If you’re not safe in the middle of the day in broad daylight when are you safe?”
“I just try and be aware of what’s going on around me,” said Sheila Gleason, another state employee. “I have to walk through the park to get to my bus. I’m always looking to see if anyone is following me.”
Meanwhile, Oakes, who was out on parole, is being held on a $750,000 bond and will undergo a mental health evaluation.