DETROIT (WXYZ) - "Wow," is all 47-year-old Jessie Willie Green Sr. could say after a magistrate in 36th District Court set bond in Green's attempted kidnapping case at $1,000,000 cash or surety.
The Harper Woods man is charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, Assault by Strangulation, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Felony Firearm.
Green is accused in the December 19th attack on a teenage girl who was walking to school near Outer Drive and Chandler Park on Detroit's east side.
The girl, 16-year-old Symphony, was passing a green-colored van when she spotted a man kneeling near the vehicle pull a mask down over his face and then attack her.
The attacker, who was armed with a handgun, choked Symphony while telling her to "shut up" as he attempted to push the teen towards his vehicle.
A man driving by could see something was wrong and stopped to help. Upon hearing the teen's cries for help, others living nearby also began to emerge from their homes and the attacker escaped on foot, leaving the van he arrived in behind with the keys in it.
Police traced the vehicle's registration to Green and found him and his girlfriend later in the day at a relative's home.
Green and his girlfriend both say that the last time they saw his van was at their home in Harper Woods that morning. Green's girlfriend reportedly told investigators that she left the keys inside the van, suggesting it must have been stolen.
"Don't sound like Jessie at all," said Andre Hutchins, a friend and neighbor. "They probably got the wrong person."
Green's preliminary examination is set for January 2, 2014.