Two charged in rape

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Two men were charged Monday with a string of felonies related to rape of a 72-year-old Vicksburg woman Saturday.

Mark Carver Jr., 27, and Jacorey Thomas, 20, both of Vicksburg, were charged Monday in the break-in and attack, Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said.

“These guys will become very familiar with what the inside of a jail looks like,” Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said. “It is my understanding we have a very strong case against them.”

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Thomas, who was arrested Monday at his home is charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, home invasion, sexual battery and rape. Carver, who was picked up Sunday but not charged until Monday, is charged with armed robbery, home invasion and attempted credit card fraud.

The men are accused of kicking in the door of a home early Saturday in the 1100 block of Mundy Street, attacking the 72-year-old woman, and stealing items from the home.

“It was reported that the victim’s residence had been forced open by kicking in the door, and she reported she was raped,” Williams said.

The victim went to a neighbor for help, and the neighbor called 911 at 6:35 a.m. Saturday. The woman was taken to Merit Health River Region Medical Canter, where she was examined and released.

Results of the sexual assault examination were being delivered to a laboratory for analysis Tuesday.

The victim was only able to describe her attackers as two black men.

“We had very little to go on but we literally worked around the clock,” Armstrong said.

One of the men had a gun during the attack, though police declined Monday to say which man was armed. The gun has been recovered, Williams said.

The motive of the attack is under investigation, but police said the victim was unfamiliar with her attackers.

“They did not know her,” Williams said.

Several hours after the home invasion, Carver reportedly attempted to use the victim’s debit card, Williams said.

When he was unable to use the card because of insufficient funds in the account, the men threw the card and other identification information out the window of their vehicle on Mission 66, Williams said.

An EBT card and the victim’s drivers license were discovered “by a person who was walking to work,” between Baldwin Ferry Road and Clay Street on Mission 66. Investigators scoured the area and were able to recover the victim’s debit card, Williams said.

“The investigators worked endless hours in solving this case. They did an outstanding job,” Williams said.

Investigators from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in case, which aided in making the quick arrests, Williams said.

“Sheriff [Martin] Pace and his investigators were very instrumental in helping us with the case,” Williams said.