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

Posted October 15, 2012 1:13 p.m. EDT
Updated October 15, 2012 7:26 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.