Police Charge Teenager In Charlotte Rape
Police say they’ve arrested a 15-year-old in a weekend rape case in Charlotte’s University City area.
The teenager’s name is being withheld because of his age, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they’ve charged him with three counts of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of first-degree sex offense. The teen, who had been out on bond in an unrelated felony case and on electronic monitoring when the assaults occurred Saturday morning, was taken into custody by officers from a specialized unit and K-9s, police said.
Police say a woman was in the parking lot of an apartment complex in University City about 2 a.m. Saturday when the teenager approached her and forced his way into her car before making her drive to several locations and sexually assaulting her.
The woman was able to flee from her attacker near the intersection of North Tryon Street and University City Boulevard, but he stole her car. Police soon found the car and tried to stop it, but the suspected attacker kept driving and eventually ran away. Police were initially unable to find him even after setting up a perimeter and searching the area.
Police are still investigating the case. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600 or provide a tip online at charlottecrimestoppers.com.