Crime

Tip leads Raleigh police to rape, robbery suspect

Acting on a tip, police converged on a South Raleigh residence Monday morning and arrested a man wanted in connection with a brutal rape, kidnapping and robbery on New Bern Avenue last week.

Christopher McClam, 25, whose last known address was 126 N. Fisher St., was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree kidnapping and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Wake County Magistrate's Office. His alleged accomplice, Danny Chavis, remained at large Monday night, said Raleigh Police Sgt. Mike Alexander.

McClam and Chavis are accused of confronting a man and a woman as they walked from a New Bern Avenue convenience store at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 4.

The couple was threatened with a board and told they would be shot if they did not comply with the robbers' demands.

After taking cash from the man, the two assailants dragged the woman behind some houses and took turns raping her, police said.

McClam was held at the Wake County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

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