CMPD: Man arrested after sexually assaulting woman at knife-point

- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have charged a local man for his involvement in a sexual assault case.

Charles Fitzgerald Harris, 44, is charged with six counts of first-degree rape, 11 counts of first-degree sex offense and two counts of first-degree Kidnapping. He was also served unrelated warrants for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Officers said at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, they responded to the 1100 block of Polk Street in reference to a domestic disturbance.  When officers arrived on scene they spoke with a child who told officers that his mother was inside the residence being assaulted. 

Officers entered the home and located the victim being held down by the suspect, later identified as Harris. 

Officers pulled Harris off of the victim and placed him in handcuffs. Sexual Assault Detectives were notified and responded to the scene to begin their investigation.

During the investigation, detectives determined that the victim and suspect knew each other for two months and the victim asked Harris to take her and her son to the airport. On the ride to the airport Wednesday morning, Harris pulled over and sexually assaulted the victim at knife-point.

Harris then drove the victim and her son to the residence on Polk Street where he continued to sexually assault the victim. The victim’s son was able to call 911, which led to the arrest of Harris. 

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. 

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  

Anyone with further information concerning this incident is asked to call the Crime Stopper’s tip-line at 704-334-1600, or visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com. Detective Watts is the lead detective assigned to the case.  For additional information please refer to CMPD report number 2016-0511-0712-01.

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