Fayetteville cops: Man warned rape victim to not tell

Devonte Keeshae Williams (Fayetteville Police Department)

A Fayetteville man is facing a string of charges after police say he sexually assaulted a woman and stole her car, and less than two weeks later, broke into her residence and threatened her in an effort to keep her quiet.

Devonte Keeshae Williams was arrested Sunday, shortly after he returned to the victim's residence.

Warrants were initially issued for Williams' arrest following a Jan. 11 incident where a 26-year-old woman who is an acquaintance of Williams' reported that she had been sexually assaulted and that her car had been stolen in the area of Reilly Road and Cliffdale Road. Her car was later recovered.

Police said they caught up to Williams when he returned to the victim's residence Sunday. He allegedly broke into her home, held her against her will, assaulted her and threatened her in an effort to keep her from testifying against him in the original case.

He is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, larceny of motor vehicle and possession of stolen motor vehicle from the Jan. 11 incident, and additional charges of second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, intimidating a witness, communication of threats, and felony breaking and entering stemming from Sunday's incident.

Williams is being held with no bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

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