Updated 4:34 p.m.: Vernon Lamont Reed, who was arrested on Monday, asked the judge for a public defender at his first court appearance Tuesday. He remains in Orange County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond and cannot go onto UNC campus or Shortbread Lofts property.
Reed appeared in court via video chat Tuesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 7.
Chapel Hill Police arrested and charged Vernon Lamont Reed in connection with the sexual assault that occurred on Sept. 13 at the Shortbread Lofts parking deck, according to a statement the Town of Chapel Hill released Monday.
Reed, age 46 and from Chapel Hill, was charged with first degree forcible rape, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and kidnapping.