Men charged in home invasion, rape


Deputies say two suspects forced their way into a home on Old White Oak Road and shot a man and raped his girlfriend. A 6-year-old girl in the home at the time was not hurt.

Byron Dale Whitaker, 21, and Tony Marichal Sharp, 19, were charged with three counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Whitaker also was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense.

The men were in the Nash County Jail under $500,000 bonds.

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