NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A man was arrested and charged for allegedly raping a 37-year-old woman, early Monday morning.
Vernon Leon Carter, 37, is facing several charges including; abduction, rape, sodomy and brandishing a firearm for the alleged incident.
Officers were called to the 1600 block of Peterson Place around 2:45 a.m. for a report about a person with a firearm and a stun gun.
As officers were on their way, the call was updated to the area of 20th Street and Oak Avenue. Someone called and said that she had been raped by a man known to her, who was later identified as Carter.
According to court documents, the victim and Carter got into a fight at his home, and he used a stun gun on her repeatedly. Carter shut the victim in a room, raped her, and when she attempted to get away, he tried to hit her in the face with the stun gun.
The woman was able to run from Carter’s house after the alleged sexual assault, police say. Carter then reportedly chased her on foot for a short time, pulling out a gun, before returning to his house.
Police said the woman was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released. Carter was taken into custody after officers obtained warrants.
Neighbors in the area of Peterson Place and near the intersection of 20th Street and Oak Avenue said they did not know what happened.
Carter is also facing charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, attempt aggravated assault and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Carter is being held at Newport News City Jail. He declined to talk to WAVY News.
The case remains under investigation.