ROCKINGHAM — Three men were arrested last week on separate charges related to violence against women. One of the women was a police officer.
Christian Gage Croke, 24, of Rockingham, allegedly raped and physically assaulted a woman in front of children.
According to warrants, the pair allegedly got into a verbal altercation the night of Oct. 29 and into the early morning hours of Oct. 30 which escalated, prompting the victim to barricade herself and the children in a bedroom.
Croke allegedly punched a hole in the door, reaching in to unlock it. He then ordered the older children to exit the room, but they still saw Croke strike the victim in the face and body and throw her onto the bed, according to the victim’s account to law enforcement.
Croke then allegedly forcibly removed the victim’s clothes and raped her.
He is charged with felony second-degree forcible rape and one misdemeanor count each of assault on a female and injury to real property. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $150,000 bond.
He was previously convicted of misdemeanor breaking and entering in Oct. 2012 and simple assault in June 2014 and was given probation for both offenses, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
Joshua David Watson, 32, of Rockingham is accused of having sex with a minor under the age of 13 on Aug. 28, according to court documents. He was arrested on Nov. 2 and is charged with one felony count each of indecent liberties with a child and first-degree statutory rape.
He was booked under a $125,000 secured bond on Nov. 3 and later released.
Larry Tryemayne Burson, 40, of Charlotte pushed, attempted to wrestle away from and spit on a female officer who was trying to arrest him on Nov. 1, according to warrants. He is also alleged to have resisted another officer, a male, by attempting to pull away, kicking the door of the patrol car shut and refusing to obey commands.
Burson is charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner, misdemeanor charges of assault on a government official and two counts of resisting a public officer.
He was booked under a $50,000 secured bond.
Burson was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in July of 1993 and was later convicted of assault on a public official which extended his sentence to seven years, according to state prison records. He was convicted of larceny in Oct. 2008 and sentenced to six months in prison.
Most recently, he was convicted in April 2015 of three counts of larceny of more than $1,000 for which he served seven months in prison.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674.