Fuquay-Varina man charged with beating woman who did not want a 'pimp'

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comFebruary 6, 2014 

— Police arrested a Fuquay-Varina man who they say spent the night with a woman in an apparent sex-for-hire and then severely beat her the next morning after she told him she did not want him to be her pimp.

Investigators on Tuesday charged Humphrey Okpara, 49, of 614 Quail Hill St. with assault inflicting serious injury and assault on a female, said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

Okpara became the target of a police investigation on Feb. 1, when a patrol officer arrived at the Super 8 Hotel on South Saunders Street, south of downtown, following reports of an assault, according to a search warrant made public Thursday at the Wake County Clerk of Court’s Office.

Raleigh detective H.G. Alexander stated in the search warrant application that the hotel is “a known location for prostitution and drug activity.” Alexander said he found a woman at the hotel with two blackened eyes and an injury later diagnosed as a broken jaw, court records show.

The woman admitted to Alexander that she worked as a prostitute and was picked up in the early morning hours from the Greyhound bus station in downtown Raleigh, according to the affidavit that accompanied the warrant.

The woman said she and Okpara entered into an agreement: she would have sex with him if he rented a hotel room for the night for her, the affidavit said. The woman also admitted to the investigator that she had text messaged explicit pictures of herself to Okpara, the affidavit said.

The man and woman went to the Super 8 where they had sexual intercourse. Later that day, the woman told police that Okpara told her he wanted to “be her pimp,” the affidavit said.

The woman told Okpara she did not want to be his prostitute. She told investigators Okpara became upset and used his fists to punch her several times in the face.

A second detective, R. Pike, examined the woman’s phone and found “multiple calls to and from Humphrey Okpara’s mobile phone,” the affidavit said.

Investigators also found that Okpara had indeed rented a room at the hotel using his name and a Master card.

The woman later identified Okpara in a photographic line-up at a police precinct, the affidavit said.

Police transported Okpara to the Wake County jail Wednesday evening. He was released from custody after posting a $16,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.

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