A North Carolina man is behind bars after police say he spent five days hiding in a 14-year-old girl’s closet and raped her at night.
Authorities say Jarred Ashley Workman, 27, and the teen chatted on social media for about a month before deciding to meet up near the girl’s home. He has been charged with 11 counts of statutory rape and five counts of statutory sex offense.
The teen invited Workman to stay at her home, where she lived with her parents, on April 27, according to WTVR.
The suspect managed to stay there for five days, allegedly sexually assaulting the teen at night while her parents were asleep.
“Just the fact that he would be that brazen to come up here to meet a girl online and then would try to stay in her residence not knowing what her parents are or what they’re about,” Lt. Bill Hamby with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office told the station.
Workman was found by the victim’s mother on May 2. He allegedly bolted from the residence and ran into the woods. She promptly called the police, who used a K-9 unit to search for Workman.
“The internet has just ruined that poor girl,” the victim’s mother told WTVR. “She was very taken advantage of. I’m uncomfortable in my own home. I’m scared. I can’t sleep at night.”
Police said they believe Workman was able to initially evade by police by getting a ride in a vehicle. Officers said they were able to locate Workman based on his phone and wallet, which he dropped while running through the woods. Police dogs discovered the items.
Cops said the victim identified her alleged assailant by name.
Turns out, this isn’t the first time Workman has had a run-in with the law.
In the past, Workman has been arrested for reckless driving, possession of stolen goods, probation violations, and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle.
Add the most serious of all, sexual assault, to that list.
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