Assault charges put man in jail

Protective orders ignored, police say

Staff WriterJuly 25, 2007 

A Knightdale man has been charged with more than a dozen crimes that stemmed from a domestic dispute lasting several weeks.

McKinley Christopher Patterson, 35, of Knightdale is charged with one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, felony stalking and injury to personal property. He is also charged with eight counts of violating a domestic violence protective order.

According to arrest warrants, a domestic violence protective order was issued by 10th District Court Judge Jennifer Green on June 6 saying Patterson could have no contact with the woman.

But according to arrest warrants, he sent text messages and made phone calls to the woman on several occasions, including one in which he called the woman while she was with Wake County sheriff's deputies.

The News & Observer generally does not name persons who have reported claims of sexual assault.

Since July 1, Patterson has broken out the rear window on the woman's vehicle and broken into her home to steal household goods. He made visits to the house on several occasions after the protective order had been issued, checking to see who had been coming in and out of the house, the warrants stated.

Shortly after midnight Monday, arrest warrants state, Patterson allegedly broke into the home and raped the woman. He was arrested the same day.

Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens declined to comment on the case, citing that it is an ongoing investigation.

Patterson is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Wake County jail.

Staff writer Marlon A. Walker can be reached at 836-4906 or marlon.walker@newsobserver.com.

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