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Police: Goldsboro man locked woman in barn prior to sexual assault

Posted August 7, 2013

— Goldsboro police on Tuesday charged a 68-year-old man with first-degree kidnapping and attempted second-degree sexual offense in connection with a Sunday assault that occurred after a party at his home. 

According to investigators, Roland Whitley, of 1700 Harris St., locked a LaGrange woman in a barn behind his home Sunday and tried to sexually assault her. The woman escaped from restraints using a screwdriver and stole a bottle of liquor belonging to Whitley before fleeing the barn, authorities said. 

Soon after, Whitley approached the woman in his car, took back his bottle of liquor, pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. 

Authorities arrested Whitley at his home Tuesday without incident. He was charged with a single count of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual offense and larceny from a person. 

Whitley was in the Wayne County jail Wednesday under a $50,000 secured bond. He will make a first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.


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  • westernwake1 Aug 13, 2013

    Both parties in this case sound like they are off their rockers.

  • submoa Aug 7, 2013

    Who stops to steal a bottle of liquor when they are escaping a kidnapping? Something's not right here.

  • NCredulous Aug 7, 2013

    That ain't no way to treat a lady.

  • pappy1 Aug 7, 2013

    Is this WRAL News or "Cops?"

  • tobywilliamson1973 Aug 7, 2013

    Who makes this stuff up?? LOL!!!

  • gboro_gal Aug 7, 2013

    Truth? is stranger than fiction.

  • airbornemonty Aug 7, 2013

    Too strange to be believable.

    The way that I see it, she stole the liquor and he went after her and perhaps wasn't too gentle when he took back the bottle and her accusation resulted from that.

    I just hope this case will be investigated further by the authorities.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 7, 2013

    Let me get this right. He was attempting a sexual assault and he's worried about her stealing a bottle of liquor? Seems we have some mental deficiences.

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  • Chplhill Aug 7, 2013

    This sounds to me like a big drunk party and I believe about 1/2 of it. I wasn't there and don't know what happened but think there were some people on both sides blind drunk sounds to me like.