UPDATE: Thomasville rape suspect caught
UPDATED 8:10 P.M.
City police arrested a rape suspect who was considered armed and dangerous.
According to Sgt. Brad Saintsing, police on Thursday evening took Jerome Brockington, 44, of 5100 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard in Norfolk, Va., into custody not far from where he allegedly assaulted and raped a 21-year-old woman. Police arrested Brockington in Thomasville in the 100 block of South Street, which is the same street as the victim’s apartment.
“[Brockington] was taken into custody without incident,” Saintsing said. “He was with an acquaintance.”
Brockington’s arrest came approximately 12 hours after police responded to a rape call at 4:36 a.m. Thursday. The victim, who was treated at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, told police Brockington was an acquaintance and had been staying at the apartment for about a month. The woman said Brockington assaulted and raped her.
Saintsing said an anonymous tip led police to Brockington’s whereabouts. The acquaintance was not charged.
Brockington, who also is wanted by the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia in connection to a Feb. 1 armed robbery, faces charges of first-degree forcible rape, first-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation.
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Thomasville police are looking for a man in connection with a forcible rape that occurred early Thursday.
Police say the suspect, Jerome Brockington, 44, should be considered “armed and dangerous.”
“Brockington has a violent history and should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Thomasville police Detective Jaime
Foley. “We believe he is still in the immediate area, however, he does have ties to South Carolina and
Police responded to an apartment in the 100 block of South Street around 4:36 a.m. Thursday in reference to a rape. The 21-year-old victim told police Brockington, who is an acquaintance, assaulted and forcibly raped her. Brockington had been staying at the apartment for about one month prior to the assault.
The victim was treated and released from Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center.
Brockington is facing charges of first-degree forcible rape, first-degree kidnapping, and assault by strangulation for the Thursday morning incident.
Brockington was last seen on foot in the 100 block of South Street, Thomasville, wearing a Carolina Panthers jacket, dark jeans and black shoes.
Brockington is described as being 6-feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He has a mole on his nose.
Police warn the public not to attempt to approach or apprehend Brockington if spotted. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Thomasville Police Department at (336) 475-7755 or dial 911.
Brockington also is wanted by the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia for an armed robbery that occurred Feb. 1. Brockington’s last known address is 5100 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, Va.