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Spring Lake men face rape, attempted murder charges in 17-year-old's shooting

Posted October 15, 2012

— Harnett County sheriff's investigators have arrested two men in connection with the rape and shooting of a 17-year-old girl found in the Cape Fear River over the weekend.

Authorities said Monday that the girl, whose identity was not released, was found around 4 a.m. Sunday, shot in the face, hands and abdomen near a bridge on N.C. Highway 217 in Erwin.

Jose Trinidad Soto Sanchez, 21, and Jose Juan Alverez, 28, both of 52 O&H St. in Spring Lake, were arrested Sunday afternoon and each charged with one count of first-degree rape, kidnapping and attempted murder.

Rollins said the girl was home babysitting her sister when the two men – one of whom she knows – allegedly kidnapped her, drove her to the river and attacked her.

A fisherman heard her voice and found her with a spotlight. A state Highway Patrol trooper rescued her.

Cape Fear River Two face rape charges in shooting of 17-year-old

She was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon, Harnett Sheriff Larry Rollins said.

He added that she is expected to recover.

"She's been through, probably, one of the worst described horrors I think I've ever heard of," Rollins said.

Both Alverez and Sanchez were in the Harnett County Detention Center Monday morning under a $1 million bond.

Authorities said Alverez is in the country illegally and that they are trying to determine Sanchez's immigration status.


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  • bubbaredneck Oct 18, 2012

    More illegal problems i guess?? OOPS!! we don't have an illegal problem i forgot!!!I don't care what nationality someone is!! If you do this; you get the chair!!!! The gun!!! and the Needle!!!!

  • widowmaker085 Oct 17, 2012

    What a shame about this young lady, I hope she is a woman of God and her faith will see her through her recovery. Had these criminals been kept on their side of the border, this young lady would not have gone through this torment. Although "undocumented immigrants" (read: illegal aliens) do come to our country for a new life & may not ever commit another crime (the first: being here illegally), the fact that they are here illegally shows a blatant disrespect for our laws. There are legal ways to enter our country. Do the "undocumented immigrants" who have paid taxes & benefit our American society out weigh the others who have burdened our correctional facilities, the health system, Social Security or our schools? Not to mention the jobs that they have absorbed (check out some stats: http://www.immigrationcounters.com/). I realize that they do many jobs that true US citizens don't want to do, shame on those US citizens who are too lazy to work or believe that a job is below them.

  • Damien Thorne Oct 16, 2012

    "I notice Barry doesn't brag about that too much, you would think he would. Guess it would upset the wrong crowd"----nowon_yuno

    Because it is not true. All you have to do is look at how they are being reported. Obama decided to add a program to the stats that turns them back at he border. This has never been used this way before and he has been called out on it. His actual deportation numbers are lower than Bush's by a long shot. Look it up for yourself, plenty of stuff on it. tried to post this 3 times yesterday but for some reason the moderators.........

  • josephlawrence43 Oct 16, 2012

    @chicoDusty: Stopping people at the border before they ever enter the US does not count as a "deportation"--at least to normal people.

  • nowon_yuno Oct 16, 2012

    spewing more lies... it has been proven there have been more illegal immigrants deported under Obama's admin than Bush or Bush the daddy ever did But hey lets continue to blame Obama regardless of the facts

    I notice Barry doesn't brag about that too much, you would think he would. Guess it would upset the wrong crowd

  • nowon_yuno Oct 16, 2012

    I'm sure they are just here to work and make a better life for themselves.

  • wennd Oct 15, 2012

    I am glad they found her and she is expected to recover.

  • changedmyname Oct 15, 2012

    It's sad, that is true, but since most people turn a blind eye to crime, committed by illegals or legals. Then if you report them, your either a snitch or a rat, but if you don't they ask you why you didn't say anything when something bad happens. Case to point, illegal no license, naturalized no endorsement on license, illegal works at nursing home in Fuquay Varina, naturalized citizen hires illegal buddies has no workmans comp insurance. See so Criminal is "Criminal" in English and Spanish.

  • 3forme Oct 15, 2012

    Sad situation...Don't deport them, just put them on a '30s era chain gang the rest of their lives. Sending them home so they can come back sure isn't working.

  • bdaughtry2 Oct 15, 2012

    > Some folk are deluded into believing that only undocumented Hispanics, are the only group committing these types of crimes. The prisons are full of US Citizens, that have committed the exact same crime. - warbirdlover

    Don't care who they are. My solution for them is the same.