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Man sentenced to decades in prison for ‘particularly disturbing’ rape of couple uptown

A couple visiting Charlotte were sexually assaulted near the convention center uptown, police announced.
A couple visiting Charlotte were sexually assaulted near the convention center uptown, police announced. Jane Wester

A man has plead guilty to the kidnapping, robbery and rape of an out-of-town couple in uptown Charlotte last summer, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Tevin Williams, 21, was sentenced this month to 50 to 68 years in prison.

Williams was 19 on June 1, 2017, when prosecutors say he held a man and a woman at gunpoint in the 200 block of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near the center of uptown. The light rail runs on one end of that block, which is lined with parking deck entrances on one side and the Charlotte Convention Center on the other.

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Tevin Williams, then 19, was charged with kidnapping, rape, and robbery of an out-of-town couple in uptown Charlotte. Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Sometime after midnight, Williams demanded money and then told the couple to undress, according to a news release from the district attorney.

He raped the woman and ordered her to perform a sex act on the man at the same time, according to the release.

When Williams started to tie up the male victim, the man tripped him, which allowed the couple to escape, prosecutors said. They ran to a nearby hotel for help, police said.

He plead guilty to two counts each of kidnapping, robbery and rape. He also plead guilty to sexual offense, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trespassing, resisting a public officer and public urination, according to the release.

The week of the assault, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Dave Johnson said he couldn’t remember another case like this happening uptown.

“It’s a heinous crime,” Johnson said. “It’s particularly disturbing.”

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Police said the couple’s clothing and other belongings were stolen, and Williams was arrested just a couple of hours after they reported the assault.

Williams was transferred from Mecklenburg County Jail to state prison on July 7, according to records. He will have to register as a sex offender, according to prosecutors.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester
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