FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) - A Franklin man charged with the raping of juvenile Tuesday evening is also suspected in the raping of a 48-year-old woman early Tuesday morning, according to police.
Lt. T.W. Whitt with the Franklin Police Department said officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Washington Street around 7:30 a.m. for a report of a burglary.
There, officers learned the suspect forced entry into the home through a back door and sexually assaulted the 48-year-old resident. Whitt said the victim was also struck in the face and was transported to Southampton Memorial Hospital for treatment.
"We're told not to defend ourselves because it could be worse," said neighbor Dorothy Branch. "But we're supposed to yell and bring attention to the situation -- at 5:30 in the morning seems like that would be hard to do. Not many people are up at the time of the morning."
"This is a small area and everybody knows everybody and you wouldn't expect for people to disrespect each other like that," said neighbor Jennifer Mitchell. "It is what it is. You just have to be careful and watch your surroundings."
During the investigation of the burglary and rape, investigators identified a second sexual assault victim -- a female juvenile, who says she was led to the back of an apartment complex and raped.
During the second investigation, the suspect was identified as Tremaine M. Porter, 26, of 305 Edwards Street in Franklin. Franklin and Suffolk Police Officers found and arrested Porter after information led them to a Suffolk residence in the 7600 block of Harvest Drive where he was.
Porter was charged with the abduction and rape of the juvenile victim, but not yet with the offenses of the Washington Street incident.
The Washington Street burglary and rape is still under investigation, although, police say there is strong reason to believe Porter was involved in that crime.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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