Man charged with kid­nap­ping, rape

The Covington News - - Local News - By Am­ber Pittman

A woman was re­port­edly kid­napped off the street and raped early Tues­day morn­ing and Cov­ing­ton Po­lice ar­rested 50-yearold Stoney La­mar Usher and charged him with the crime.

Ac­cord­ing to Cov­ing­ton Po­lice de­tec­tive D.J. Seals, the woman and her friend were walk­ing down Pine Nee­dle Drive at ap­prox­i­mately 2:44 a.m. when Usher al­legedly ap­proached them and got into a small ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion with the vic­tim.

The wit­ness re­port­edly told of­fi­cers that Usher grabbed the vic­tim by the neck and pulled her into a home on the street at which point the wit­ness called 911. When au­thor­i­ties ar­rived, they knocked on the door of the home and af­ter a few mo­ments Usher re­port­edly came to the door.

Ac­cord­ing to Seals, Usher was co­op­er­a­tive and when the of­fi­cer asked to come in­side the home and speak with the woman, Usher re­port­edly let the of­fi­cer in will­ingly. When they found the woman, she was vis­i­bly up­set, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cer and she told the of­fi­cer that Usher had forced him­self on her sex­u­ally. Usher had a dif­fer­ent story. Ac­cord­ing to Seals he did not deny hav­ing sex with the women, but re­port­edly said the act was con­sen­sual.

Due to the vic­tim’s state­ment and the wit­ness, who al­legedly saw Usher grab the vic­tim by the neck and drag her into the home, Usher was placed un­der ar­rest and charged with kid­nap­ping and rape.

“Un­for­tu­nately it is rare in a rape case to have a wit­ness to any part of it,” said Seals. “But in this case it has helped us out tremen­dously to have some­one tell us that she watched him [Usher] force­fully take her [the vic­tim] into a res­i­dence. It was very brave of her to come for­ward.”

Al­though of­fi­cers be­lieve the two may have known each other, there is no in­di­ca­tion they had ever been in­ti­mately in­volved in the past. Also, Usher is cur­rently on pa­role and has been out of prison for less then a year, though Seals said his record does not in­di­cate he has ever been vi­o­lent in the past, nor does he have a his­tory of this type of crime.

The vic­tim was taken to New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter to be checked af­ter the al­leged at­tack and, ac­cord­ing to Seals, put up no re­sis­tance.

As of press time, Usher re­mained in the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, charged with kid­nap­ping and rape — both felonies.

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