Arrest: Sept. 13 Sexual Assault
The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested Vernon Lamont Reed, 46, of Chapel Hill on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, and charged him with first degree forcible rape, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and kidnapping. The incident took place around 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.
“We would like to thank the community for the many tips that we’ve received in this very difficult case,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. “And, our investigators have worked around the clock for more than two weeks to run those tips down. The tips, the immense amount of community interest in this case, and the hard work of our investigations team are what have led us to the arrest today.”
He remains in the Orange County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond. His first court appearance will be Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.
If anyone feels they are in need of assistance—whether it includes speaking to someone in our Crisis Unit about how they were affected by the news of the assault, information about resources to improve your personal safety, or receiving a site security check by members of our Community Services division—please call 919-968-2760 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you ever feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.