CMPD: 15 yr old charged after woman raped, robbed at gunpoint in University

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Police said a 15-year-old suspect is in custody after a woman was kidnapped at gunpoint, raped and robbed in the University City area of Charlotte early Saturday morning. 

On Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they arrested and charged the teen with three counts of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of first-degree sex offense. They are not releasing his name because of his age. 

Officers said the incident started around 2 a.m. at the 49North Apartments near Mallard Creek Church Road and University Boulevard. 

In a press release Saturday evening, CMPD said the teenager approached the 21-year-old woman in the apartment complex parking lot and threatened her with a gun. Officials said the suspect then forced his way into the victim's car and demanded she go to several different locations before police said he raped her. The victim was able to get away from the suspect near the intersection of North Tryon Street and University City Boulevard, but the suspect drove off in the victim's car.

This is the third sexual assault CMPD has investigated across Charlotte in less than a week. Some women said it's cases like this that have heightened their own sense of safety. 

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