Woman says Burger King employee who raped her was inmate on work release

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- A woman who said she was raped by a Burger King employee also said he was an inmate on work release.

She said she previously picked him up from work and dropped him off at Wake Correctional Center, a minimum custody prison in Raleigh.

The woman says she first met the man back in November at the Burger King off New Bern Avenue.

"The second time was my birthday when I gave him a ride to the prison. And when I gave him a ride, we were all friends," the woman told ABC11.

Last week, their friendship allegedly turned violent.

The woman said that on Jan. 24, the man, who is employed at Burger King, asked her to take him home to Wake Correctional after work.

"I was like OK. I can give you a ride again for some gas money. It's no big deal. But I didn't know any of that was going to happen," the woman said.

The mother of two said the employee forced her into a bathroom stall and raped her.

"What was he doing working there?" The woman asked.


According to the Department of Public Safety, offenders who are approved for work release have demonstrated good behavior and are in their final stages of imprisonment.

They can work in a variety of public and private industries that could include:

  • Construction
  • Landscaping
  • Hospitality
  • Clerical
  • Fast food

Work-release inmates are supervised by their employer.

But prison staff may drop by unannounced.

Offenders must go to work, do the job and return to prison when their shift ends.

And obey the law.

A district manager for the Burger King told ABC11 that he had no comment.

The fast-food chain remains silent.

"I want that place shut down," the woman said.

As Raleigh Police investigate the woman's claims, there is no one yet in custody.

"I keep seeing his face. I don't even know what be going on half the time. I just want to be shut in a box. I don't want to talk to nobody. But I know if I'm alone, I'm scared of what might happen," the woman told ABC11.

ABC11 asked DPS how many inmates are participating in work-release assignments in Wake County and statewide.

We also wanted to know what types of crimes an offender on work release may have committed.

DPS said it needed more time to get that information.
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