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Suspect arrested in sexual assault, break-in / August 14, 2019
A Nelson man was arrested in North Carolina on Sunday in connection with a sexual assault and home break-in that occurred early Saturday morning near Clarksville.

The arrest came within hours of Willie Jackson Farley III being identified as a person of interest in the case, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Police in Wilson, N.C. arrested Farley around 4:40 a.m. Sunday after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office entered “a wanted person” alert for him into the National Crime Information Center, an electronic clearinghouse of crime data.

The alleged assault happened in the early morning hours Saturday at a home in the 200 block of Staunton Hill Drive near Clarksville. The victim escaped by jumping out the window of her home, authorities said.

Deputies received a call from dispatch around 2:41 a.m. telling them a rape had taken place at a home in the Prestwould Subdivision. Deputies K. Johnson, L. Thompson and C. Jackson were first to arrive at the scene. After securing the area, they contacted the Criminal Investigation Division.

According to a spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office, the victim described to Investigators how she was awakened by “someone in the residence,” and that she was physically and sexually assaulted by that person before he tried to set fire to her residence. The suspect left before officers arrived.

While the accused was in the process of igniting the fire, the victim told investigators she escaped the home and hid in the nearby woods where she watched as the suspect drove off in a pickup truck. The victim then returned to the residence and was able to extinguish the initial blaze.

Later that morning around 6 a.m., Deputy J. Carey, while on patrol, observed a heavy amount of smoke coming from the Highway 15-N area. Following the trail of smoke, Carey discovered the residence where the earlier assault had occurred was now fully engulfed in flames. He immediately notified the local fire department, who responded along with a Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Investigator.

The home was declared a total loss, but no one was injured in the blaze.

Further investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for Farley, whose last known address was M.T. Hayes Road in Nelson. He has been charged with malicious wounding and is being held by authorities in Wilson pending his extradition to Virginia, where he could face additional charges.

In other crime news, Deputy J. Thomas arrested Cha’ Terrias Harris of South Boston late Sunday night for driving under the influence. Harris was pulled over near the intersection of Highways 58 and 15 N after he was clocked travelling in excess of 80 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Upon completion of a field sobriety test, Harris was transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail where he was issued a summons for reckless driving, and issued warrants for DUI, refusal to take a breath test, and driving on a revoked license.

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Talk about "protecting the innocent?" You give the address where an innocent person was assulted? Would you want your mom's or grandmother's address published? Victims should be given privacy. Is this the way you plan to sell newspapers?


He was not arrested within hours of becoming a person of interest. He was the only suspect and was identified by the victim pretty much immediately. He wasn't arrested until at least 32 hours later. You people should get your facts straight.

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