Two men from Cumberland County have been arrested and charged with raping and attempting to murder a 17-year-old girl found in the Cape Fear River in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday.
Deputies with the Harnett County sheriff’s office found the teen in the Cape Fear River around 3:50 a.m., according to Maj. Jeff Huber of the sheriff’s department. The teen had at least three gunshot wounds, including ones in her face, hand, and abdomen. Her name has not been released.
The teen was found near the bridge on N.C. 217 in Erwin. She was transported to Betsy Johnson Memorial Hospital, then airlifted to UNC Hospital, Huber said.
Two men from Spring Lake, including one who knew the teen, were arrested Sunday afternoon and each charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and attempted murder.
Huber identified the men as Jose Trinidad Soto Sanchez, 21, and Jose Juan Alverez, 28. Huber said Sanchez is the boyfriend of the teen’s older sister and that the sheriff’s office is working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine if he is in the country legally.
Huber said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has determined Alvarez is an illegal alien from Mexico.
Both men are being held in the Harnett County jail on $1 million bail each.