Up­town rape leads to lengthy sen­tence

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Local - BY JANE WESTER [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester

A man has plead guilty to the kid­nap­ping, rob­bery and rape of an out-oftown cou­ple in up­town Char­lotte last sum­mer, the Meck­len­burg County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice an­nounced Fri­day.

Tevin Wil­liams, 21, was sen­tenced this month to 50 to 68 years in prison.

Wil­liams was 19 on June 1, 2017, when pros­e­cu­tors say he held a man and a woman at gun­point in the 200 block of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boule­vard, near the cen­ter of up­town. The light rail runs on one end of that block, which is lined with park­ing deck en­trances on one side and the Char­lotte Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on the other.

Some­time af­ter mid­night, Wil­liams de­manded money and then told the cou­ple to un­dress, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the district at­tor­ney.

He raped the woman and or­dered her to per­form a sex act on the man at the same time, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

When Wil­liams started to tie up the male vic­tim, the man tripped him, which al­lowed the cou­ple to es­cape, pros­e­cu­tors said. They ran to a nearby ho­tel for help, po­lice said.

He plead guilty to two counts each of kid­nap­ping, rob­bery and rape. He also plead guilty to sex­ual of­fense, pos­ses­sion of a stolen firearm, pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon, tres­pass­ing, re­sist­ing a pub­lic of­fi­cer and pub­lic uri­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The week of the as­sault, Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg po­lice Capt. Dave Johnson said he couldn’t re­mem­ber another case like this hap­pen­ing up­town.

“It’s a heinous crime,” Johnson said. “It’s par­tic­u­larly dis­turb­ing.”

Tevin Wil­liams

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