Man Charged In Alleged Parkway Assault To Stand Trial
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The man accused in the alleged attempted sexual assault of a woman in an emergency parking area off of the Parkway East is headed to trial.
Charges of simple assault, indecent assault and attempted rape against 51-year-old Andrew Humbles were held for court.
This is not the first time he’s faced allegations. Back in 1999 and 2006, he was found not guilty when he stood trial on rape charges.
Police say Humbles is accused of picking up a woman and when his van ran out of gas, he pulled over and allegedly tried to assault her.
Defense Attorney Frank Walker said the victim and Humbles knew each other before the alleged incident.
“I believe there was a prior relationship. She stated there were some instances in the past where they spoke and they had relationships together,” he said. “As to whether or not – in depth – she didn’t go into it, we were permitted to go into it, but I believe all of it will come out at trial.”
There was also witness testimony Thursday in court.
A judge reduced Humbles’ bond from $50,000 to $25,000. He remains in the Allegheny County Jail. His formal arraignment is set for October 13.
“He’s frustrated about the process because he’s being portrayed as this rapist, but just because it’s on the news, just because he’s out in public, just because it’s been reported on doesn’t mean he’s necessarily guilty,” Walker said. “He’s innocent until proven guilty. We look forward to fighting charges, picking 12 and seeing what the jury decides.”