BOONE — A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with felony second-degree forcible rape and felony first-degree burglary on June 12 after Boone Boone Police Department received a report of a sexual assault in January.
According to Boone Police, Quanshawn Tyquan Jackson, of 343 Fairground St., No. 8, Spruce Pine, was arrested by the Spruce Pine Police Department. Jackson was lodged in the McDowell County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.
A young woman reported to Boone Police that she was assaulted in her home by an unknown person after taking a ride from a local bar to her residence on Jan. 23, the department stated.
“We take these cases very serious,” said Boone Police Lieutenant Chris Hatton, Investigations Division Commander, in a statement. “We began an investigation immediately. We started identifying possible witnesses. We were able to locate some surveillance video footage from the area that was helpful. Our agency also submitted forensic evidence from this investigation to the North Carolina Crime Lab.”
The culmination of this investigation occurred when the Boone Police Department received the results of a DNA analysis from the North Carolina State Crime Lab.
“When we submit evidence to the North Carolina Crime Lab for analysis, it takes time,” Chief of Police Dana Crawford in a statement. “Those results are a crucial piece of evidence in this case. These type of cases are among the most difficult cases we investigate. I am proud of our work in this investigation.”
The suspect was identified as Jackson, and he was arrested at approximately 10:40 p.m. on June 12 in Spruce Pine.
The Boone Police Department stated it wanted to thank the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and Spruce Pine Police Department for their assistance in this case.