Last updated: August 26. 2013 8:05PM -
John Charles Robbins Daily Journal Editor

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A Hamlet man with a criminal past remains behind bars today in Rockingham for alleged robbery and rape, after he’d hitched a ride with the victim to a church parking lot, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

David Levi Brunson, 26, of Old Cheraw Road, Hamlet, was arrested on Sunday and charged with first degree rape, first degree sexual offense, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of stolen goods, said Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call from a store on the east side of Hamlet around 6:20 a.m., with a report that a women needed law enforcement.

Lawmen said she reported that she was at the store earlier on Sunday when she was approached for a ride by a man, Brunson. She gave the man a ride to a church parking lot east of Hamlet to let him out. He then produced a weapon and would not let her go, Gulledge said.

Brunson took off on foot and was later apprehend, not far from the crime scene, by sheriff’s deputies, said Gulledge.

Brunson was charged and placed in the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond, and given a court date of Sept. 12, 2013.

According to the North Carolina Department of Correction, Brunson is currently on probation for felony drug possession and breaking and entering, out of Richmond County. He was convicted May 8, 2013, and sentenced to 30 months of supervised probation, records show.

Brunson has a criminal record dating back to 2006, including convictions in three counties in North Carolina, the state records show. He has been convicted of larceny and breaking and entering of vehicles, according to the Department of Correction.

— Editor John Charles Robbins can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 13, or by email at jrobbins@civitasmedia.com.

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