An Anniston man remained in the Calhoun County Jail Thursday after being arrested on charges that he raped a Weaver teenager and then stole her vehicle on Monday, according to officials.
Weaver police received a call around 8:47 a.m. that a 17-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted, Lt. Charles Plitt wrote in a news release Thursday.
“She received medical treatment and has been released,” Plitt wrote.
Efforts to reach Weaver police Thursday were unsuccessful.
The 24-year-old man was later arrested by Anniston police officers that same day and charged with three counts of fraudulent use of a debit card, Anniston police Sgt. Kyle Price said.
The victim’s vehicle was recovered when Anniston officers arrested the suspect, Plitt wrote.
Plitt thanked Anniston police, Calhoun County deputies, U.S. Marshals and the 7th Judicial Major Crimes Unit for helping to catch the suspect.
The 24-year-old was charged with three counts of fraudulent use of a debit card, first-degree rape, first-degree theft, first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping. His bond was set at a combined $7 million, Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said. Circuit Judge Debra Jones attached a note to the suspect’s warrants that prevents a reduction of his bond.
Wade congratulated Weaver police on a job well done.
“I know the victim,” Wade said. “Weaver has done an outstanding job and a great service to help this family. She is such a sweet, quiet girl. It just breaks my heart.”
The Star typically withholds the the identities of those charged with sex crimes, until they are convicted or plead guilty, as the stigma that can accompany such charges can linger even if the charges are dropped or the suspect is exonerated. The Star does not publish the names of victims of sex crimes.