Man facing sexual assault charges

Mathy Ray Hardy (Photo courtesy of the Halifax County Sheriff's Office)

June 14, 2012 8:32:43 AM PDT
A Roanoke Rapids man is facing sexual assault charges, after a woman claimed she was forced into a vacant home and taken advantage of.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office said they received a report about the sexual assault early Wednesday morning.

Authorities said the victim claimed she was walking down a street in the Roanoke Rapids area when a man pushed her into a vacant residence and then sexually assaulted her.

Afterwards, the woman said she fled the scene and reported the incident.

Detectives later arrested 48-year-old Mathy Ray Hardy Thursday in connection with the assault.

Hardy was charged with second degree rape and assault on a female. He has been placed into the Halifax County Jail under a $90,000 bond.

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