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2nd arrest made in 1991 Charlotte rape case

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they’ve made a second arrest in a 1991 rape case.

Vernon Lamont Wylie, 41, was taken into custody Thursday by officers with CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.

But Wylie hasn’t been jailed yet. While being questioned at police headquarters, he began complaining of chest pains, police say. Wylie was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for evaluation. When he is released from there, police say, he will be jailed.

The rape was reported in August 1991 in the 2600 block of Beechnut Drive. That is near West Boulevard and Remount Road in west Charlotte.

Police say a woman was abducted by two men in a car. The victim was taken to an unknown location, where she was physically and sexually assaulted, police say. Investigators were not able to come up with a suspect in the case at the time.

However, officers with the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit, using DNA, developed suspects last year. Drayton Lamar Thompson, 42, was arrested in December.

Wylie has been charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping, and conspiracy.

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