A suspect allegedly involved in a kidnapping and rape that took place in October 2009, has been arrested by investigators with the Clinton Police Department close to three years after the crime took place.
James Earl Parker Jr., 23, of 300 E. Butler Ave., Clinton, was charged with kidnapping and second degree rape around 3:30 p.m. Monday, at his home.
The incident was reported Oct. 27, 2009 by a 39-year-old female.
According to police reports on that night, the victim and her husband were at Ferrell Street Park in Clinton around 9:15 p.m. when the husband decided to stop by Cliff’s Fast Stop nearby. The woman told her husband she would meet him at a nearby friend’s house when he was done. Both were on foot.
The husband told police he left the park and saw his wife go behind a tree, noting that he thought she was going to the bathroom.
It was during that time that the woman was allegedly being held down and sexually assaulted.
She later appeared at the friend’s house and told her husband she had just been raped in the park and was going to walk to the hospital.
A relative picked up the husband at Cliff’s Fast Stop and they discovered the victim walking near Walgreen’s on College Street. They then picked her up and took her to the Sampson Regional Medical Center’s emergency room where she was tested for a sexual assault.
After a lengthy investigation, Parker was linked to the crime and taken into custody Monday.
According to reports, he allegedly told investigators at the time of his arrest that he would be getting out in a day and would be looking for the investigators. He was not charged with the threat.
Parker was placed under a $175,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for June 22.
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