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Garner man charged with statutory rape of runaway

Posted 4:44 p.m. Thursday

— A Garner man was charged Thursday with statutory rape of a girl who ran away from home earlier this month.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the girl, who was under 15 years of age, ran away from home on Sept. 3 and was walking along Timber Drive when Robert Junior Forbes stopped and asked if she wanted a ride.

The girl voluntarily got into Forbes’ vehicle, Harrison said, and was later located through a joint effort between authorities in Wake, Nash and Johnston counties.

Forbes, 51, of 3761 Wakefield Lane, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, statutory rape of a child under the age of 15 and indecent liberties with a child.

He was being held under $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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