CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) - A man who replied to his own wanted post on Facebook is being held on a $1 million bond after turning himself in to authorities on multiple charges, including rape.
Derek Helms is accused of second-degree forcible rape, first-degree kidnapping, obstructing justice, and failure to return rental property.
Helms had his first court appearance on Monday where a Cabarrus County judge set his bond at $1 million.
In court, attorneys said that there is physical evidence of the rape. Helms allegedly broke into the victim’s house while she was asleep and raped her. They said there was blood on the bed and her undergarments were ripped. The victim called 911 and police performed a rape kit.
Attorneys went on to explain there are phone calls, texts, and Facebook posts of Helms threatening the victim. On July 4, 2017 he created a fake Facebook account to contact her. He also posted her name on Facebook talking about the incident.
The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said Helms taunted officials on Facebook, commenting on their wanted Facebook posts, stating “you can’t catch me” and “catch me outside.”
Attorneys said that Derek Helms tried to avoid facing a Cabarrus County judge by going to the Stanley County Courthouse and Mecklenburg County Courthouse to address the obstruction of justice charges and to seek a lower bond. Helms finally turned himself in Sunday to the Mecklenburg County jail, five days after the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office first posted his wanted picture on Facebook.
The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office confirmed Helms was in custody on Facebook thanking the community for sharing their posts and for all the tips that came flooding in on his whereabouts.
“I was shocked when you told me this. I saw it on Facebook and I saw it on the news, and I didn’t know something like this was right down the street from me. You never know who’s next door” Ivey Furr, Helms’ neighbor, said.
Helms' next court date for probable cause is July 31, 2017.