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Student held in sex assault at school

A Riverdale teenager is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail following his arrest Wednesday for the alleged sexual assault of a classmate.

Clayton County Magistrate Court records show that Farley Pierre Mertune, 17, is charged with sexual assault on a person in school, false imprisonment and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Magistrate Betrice Scott denied bond on the two felonies when Mertune made his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon. Mertune has a $1,500 bond on the misdemeanor charge.

Warrants issued to Clayton County Sheriff's Investigator Vyna Harris allege that Mertune held a fellow student, 16, against her will, Wednesday morning, inside a leisure-hall room at Charles Drew High School.

Harris said in the warrant that Mertune pulled down the student's pants "for his own sexual gratification." A juvenile was also involved in the alleged assault, according to the warrant.

When police arrested Mertune, they reported finding two bags of marijuana in both his socks.

In other police matters:

A Riverdale man was denied bond, Thursday, on charges that he pointed a gun at a passing motorist in traffic on Tara Boulevard Wednesday morning.

Hiram Alexander Perrin, 59, was behind the wheel of his blue Mercedes at about 7:40 a.m., when he allegedly pointed a silver-and-black .40 caliber handgun at a car occupied by Marcus Corey Bateman, 30, Angela Lee, 30, and their daughter, Nevaeh Bateman, 4.

The warrants allege that the cars were traveling south on Tara Boulevard near American Legion Drive at the time. Bateman and Lee told police they were in fear for their lives.

Perrin is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of cruelty to children, because the daughter witnessed the alleged incident.

Perrin made his first appearance, Thursday afternoon, in Clayton Magistrate Court. He has a $5,000 bond on the child cruelty charge, but no bond on the other three charges.

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A Jonesboro man, suspected in an Aug. 19, 2011 carjacking and robbery, was arrested Wednesday. Police said Joshua Keith Young, 26, took a 2004 Mazda at gunpoint from a man near the BP Station in Ellenwood. The victim, 28, told police that Young pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at him and ordered him out of the car at about 2:45 a.m.

The victim told police that Young hit him with a closed fist, pulled his hair and kicked him, according to the warrants. One of the blows knocked out the victim's lower tooth, said police.

Young is charged with hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, battery, simple battery, probation violation, robbery, false imprisonment, theft by taking, criminal trespass and having no insurance. He has a $1,000 bond on the latter charge, but was denied bond on all other charges.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show that Young served almost two years in prison for burglary and theft convictions in Henry County. He was released in September 2009 from the Augusta Transitional Center.