Wake Forest teen charged with kidnapping, raping woman in car, Joyner Park

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) — A Wake Forest teen who police were looking for in connection with a kidnapping and rape that occurred Wednesday has been located and arrested, the Wake Forest officials said.


Wake Forest police were searching for Kennedy Beltran, 19, of the 300 block of W. Oak Avenue, in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a “known acquaintance” that occurred Wednesday evening.

Beltran was caught and arrested by Wake County Sheriff’s Office deputies Thursday evening, Wake Forest officials said.

According to a search warrant filed in Wake County court, police learned of the reported rape around 7:30 a.m. Thursday when the victim, who had fled from Beltran, told police about the incident.

Further investigation revealed that the victim had been assaulted and raped in a Toyota Camry belonging to Beltran and then again in a field located in Joyner Park, according to the warrant.

The victim told Wake Forest police that she had been punched and choked by Beltran. The warrant shows that the victim had a cut to her forehead and multiple scratches on her body. Blood was clearly visible on the center console inside the Camry, the warrant states.

Beltran has been charged with second-degree rape, three counts of second-degree sex offense, kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female, and communicating threats.

Beltran is being held in the Wake County Detention Center without bond.


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