Local News

Raleigh man charged with second-degree rape

Posted February 8, 2015
Updated February 9, 2015

— A 28-year-old Raleigh man was arrested and charged Friday with second-degree rape.

Timothy Joseph Combs, of 3910-H Hylton Drive, is also charged with two counts of second-degree sexual offense.

Combs is accused of assaulting a 21-year-old “who was at the time physically helpless” on Feb. 1, a search warrant alleged.

A Raleigh police woman said that the victim's incapacitation was medically related.

Combs remained in the Wake County jail Sunday under a $750,000 bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday.


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • ashley1j71 Feb 9, 2015

    Would someone please point out to me where in the story alcohol is even mentioned as being a factor...? The speculation here borderlines being judgmental...

    The victim could've been a paraplegic for all anyone else knows

  • mckangst Feb 9, 2015

    View quoted thread

    Nothing ridiculous about it. It's been proven time and time again in many court cases. I didn't say hangover remorse was the case ALL of the time. You conveniently quoted only the part of my message that you felt you could best defend.
    If fact is ridiculous to you then good luck finding someone to read your posts. Im done.

  • Jack Miller Feb 9, 2015
    user avatar

    women make false accusations ALL the time. Think Tawana Brawley and Duke Lacrosse. Until these cases go to court, the media needs to stay out. Not saying these things do not happen and don't discount the severity of legit claims.

  • mckangst Feb 8, 2015

    As I said, I hope the cause of the physical helplessness was not alcohol, because if it was, it changes everything. If a person has had so much to drink that they believe they are physically helpless, they are also incapable of accurately describing what happened to them and whether they consented to it or not. It is a catch-22 situation. All too often alcohol-related "rapes" turn out to be more or less a case of hangover remorse about what they agreed to do while drunk.

  • cookie998 Feb 8, 2015

    I think we agree(?)
    Physical helplessness is physical helplessness - alcohol or not.

  • mckangst Feb 8, 2015

    Folks drinking to the point where they are "disabled" are not in a position to even remember if they gave consent or not. I'm not saying that's what happened here, I don't know the facts, but if someone is in such a drunken stupor they don't have physical control, it means they don't have control over what they consent to either.

  • cookie998 Feb 8, 2015

    No, the responsibility is not reversed if alcohol was involved. Why would you think that?