A 44-year-old Thomasville man charged with rape was found under the house where the alleged incident took place.
The suspect, Willie Mack Monroe, whose last known address was 1217 Bluebird Ave., returned to the address to try to reconcile with his girlfriend who lived there, said Lt. Wade Glover, commander of the Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigation.
Glover said Monroe and the girlfriend had an argument, and he moved out.
On Wednesday night, Monroe returned to attempt a reconciliation.
“While at the residence, his ex-girlfriend agreed to allow him to stay the night, because he had no place to go,” Glover said
During the night, Monroe forced himself on the woman, according to the officer.
“He held her down and forcibly sexually assaulted her,” Glover said.
After the assault, Monroe refused to allow the woman to leave the room. About 6:15 a.m. Thursday, the suspect left the house.
The girlfriend told a cousin who lives at the residence what happened. The cousin called police.
While detectives were investigating the incident and taking care of the victim, Monroe was located, said Glover.
“We found (Mr.) Monroe underneath the house. He said he had been sleeping there,” the commander explained.
Monroe is charged with rape.
Glover said women who are sexually assaulted should report the crime.
“Statistics show a lot of victims do not report these crimes,” he said.
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