Tip leads police to rape suspect

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 08:00 PM

Thomasville police arrested a rape suspect who was considered armed and dangerous
According to Sgt. Brad Saintsing, police on Thursday evening took Jerome Brockington, 44, of 5100 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard in Norfolk, Va., into custody not far from where he allegedly assaulted and raped a 21-year-old woman. Police arrested Brockington in the 100 block of South Street, which is the same street as the victim’s apartment.
“[Brockington] was taken into custody without incident,” Saintsing said. “He was with an acquaintance.”
Brockington’s arrest came approximately 12 hours after police responded to a rape call at 4:36 a.m.Thursday morning. The victim, who was treated at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, told police Brockington was an acquaintance and had been staying at the apartment for about a month. The woman said Brockington assaulted and raped her.
Saintsing said an anonymous tip led police to Brockington’s whereabouts. The acquaintance was not charged.
Brockington, who also is wanted by the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia in connection to a Feb. 1 armed robbery, faces charges of first degree forcible rape, first degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.