Repairman Accused Of Raping Woman To Appear In Court

A maintenance man accused of raping a tenant in front of her 15-month-old son is scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested 33-year-old Arturo Velasco of Chocowinity in June. He is charged with second degree rape. Deputies say it happened at a home in the Grimesland area, when Velasco was called there to fix a woman's stove. The victim claims after the repair, he raped her while her son watched and cried.



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A maintenance man is accused of raping a tenant in front of her 15-month-old son.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested 33-year-old Arturo Velasco of Chocowinity. He is charged with second degree rape. Deputies say it happened at a home in the Grimesland area yesterday, when Velasco was called there to fix a woman's stove. The victim claims after the repair, he raped her while her son watched and cried.

Her neighbors told us they were shocked about the allegations. Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says the suspect is also in this country illegally and mostly likely, the landlord did not do a background check on suspect before hiring him.

"I would have expected him to do a background check. Like I said, you have a person living there as a tenant, and at the same time they're expecting you to send a suitable person to complete the assignment," said Sheriff Elks.

We contacted the landlord, Tony Buck, who says he's not talking anymore about the issue and hung up the phone.



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Deputies say a repairman is charged with raping a woman after her landlord sent him to fix her stove.

Arturo Velasco is charged with second degree rape and is also on a federal immigration detainer because lawmen believe he is in the country illegally.

The rape is alleged to have happened Monday morning at the woman's home near Grimesland, in front of her 15-month old son.

The 33-year-old Velasco is being held without bond.


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