Update! Salisbury: Sheriff’s Office Arrests Austin Coleman Wednesday A.M. on W. 14th Street for Alleged 1st Degree Rape and Armed Robbery

Posted on October 11, 2017

RFP Staff

♦ Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies arrested convicted felon Austin Coy Coleman, 19, in the 200 block of West 14th Street on a number of alleged charges including rape (1st degree), robbery with a firearm, and burglary (1st degree).  Considered armed and extremely dangerous, Coleman’s last known address was 308 W. 14th Street just down the block from  where he was captured.  The arrest was made at 1:10 a.m.

Coleman is now in the Rowan County Detention Center under a secured $250,000.  His first court appearance will be on Thursday morning.

**In an update Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources report Coleman and an unidentified male suspect allegedly robbed and raped a woman in her apartment on Old Union Church Road in Salisbury on January 11th, 2015. The victim told investigators she was home alone and answered the door to be confronted by two men, their faces obscured by tightly drawn hoodies. They were allegedly brandishing chrome plated handguns. The pair demanded to know where the money was. The victim told the pair she had none.

After searching the apartment, the two alleged robbers demanded the woman perform a sexual act with them at gunpoint. When the pair were through, they commanded the woman to go into the bedroom and count to 300 before coming out. They warned her she would be shot if she came out sooner. Coleman and his associate allegedly left with the woman’s two TVs and a cellphone.

When several minutes had passed the woman ran to a neighbor and called 911 dispatch.

Sheriff’s Office investigators gathered DNA evidence from the scene and sent the samples to a DNA database. A match was found, leading to Coleman’s arrest.

The woman did not know either suspect.**

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