Lewisburg man charged with rape, kidnapping
A Lewisburg man has been charged, arrested and is being held on $100,000 bond at the Marshall County Jail in connection with an alleged rape and kidnapping in the city on March 5.
Owen Presley, 66, of 644 2nd Ave. North, is accused of the crimes against a 40-year-old woman, according to the Lewisburg Police Department. The woman said Presley asked her for help unlocking his front door and when she did, he forced her in the house.
Presley then allegedly locked her in a room with him where the sex crime was allegedly committed, according to a prepared statement from police based on information from the victim.
The victim told police of the crimes on March 6 and Detectives David Henley and Scott Braden began their investigation. A suspect was identified in a photo lineup and witness's statements confirmed his identity.
The 40-year-old female reported a man asked for help unlocking his front door. The victim helped the man unlock his door and upon doing so she was forced inside the residence where she was locked inside a room and raped against her will.
Lewisburg Detectives David Henley and Scott Braden conducted an investigation into the alleged incident beginning on March 6 with uniformed officers.
During their investigation a suspect was identified in a photo lineup and the witness's statements confirmed his identity.
As a result of the investigation enough probable cause was developed to obtain a search warrant for Presley's home and arrest warrants for the arrest of Presley were obtained.
On the night of March 6, Detectives Henley and Braden with the assistance of patrol officers executed the search warrant of Presley's residence. Presley was found there and he was taken into custody and transported to the Marshall County Jail.
As a result of the search of Presley's residence and subsequent investigation DNA evidence was obtained for laboratory testing.
Presley was charged with one count of rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping. He is scheduled for a General Sessions Court hearing on April 27.
The Lewisburg Police Department appreciates the public's continued support and ask that anyone with information relating to this or any other crime please call Crime Stoppers at (931) 359-4867 or the Lewisburg Police Criminal Investigations Division at (931) 359-3800.