CRIME: Soldier accused of kidnapping, raping woman after date

May. 15, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

A soldier stationed at Fort Bragg has been arrested by Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies and charged with a number of crimes related to an alleged attack that occurred off base Tuesday.

Sgt. First Class Corry Paul Brooks, 34, of the 600 block of Oakleaf Road in Sanford, is accused of kidnapping, strangling and raping a woman he had gone on a date with after she began "resisting his advances while at his residence," the sheriff's office reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the woman said Brooks "became enraged" after they had gone back to his Tramway area home, so she ran into the bathroom and called 911 just before 1 a.m. The emergency call reportedly disconnected right after the woman called in, and the sheriff's office said she later told investigators that Brooks grabbed her phone and then forced her outside into his vehicle and began driving.

"The victim reported she jumped out the vehicle window at one point and was forced back into the vehicle," the arrest report states. Later, "Brooks drove to a dead-end road in Hoke County and forced her into the back of his vehicle and raped her."

The woman reportedly called 911 again at around 5 a.m. Tuesday and said Brooks had just dropped her off at her home in Hoke County. Law enforcement arrived and noticed she had a broken arm and showed signs of having been assaulted, so they took her to the emergency room at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville.

Capt. Jeff Johnson of the Lee County Sheriff's Office said authorities at Fort Bragg detained Brooks after he was identified as the suspect, and that he believes the Army also is conducting its own investigation. Brooks is an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist who joined the Army in 2002 and came to Fort Bragg in 2010.

In Lee County, Brooks has been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, felonious assault by strangulation, felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury and interfering with 911 communications.

Brooks has never been convicted of a crime in North Carolina before, according to a state database, and the allegations he faces now are the first crimes with which he has ever been charged in Lee County. However, Johnson said Brooks was known to the sheriff's office after previous domestic calls to his residence, although none of those calls resulted in charges.

According to sheriff's office records, deputies investigated calls at Brooks's home in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, Brooks called to report that a woman he had allowed to stay with him for a few days refused to leave, and that he was also worried about the welfare of some cats locked in her car. In 2013, a woman staying with Brooks called at around 3:20 a.m. to report he had grabbed her cell phone and destroyed some of her property.

Deputies responded, declared everything clear just before 5 a.m. and then left. The woman called again 20 minutes later, reported that Brooks was "still drinking" and had shut off the power at his home and was approaching her in a threatening manner. Deputies returned and eventually declared the scene clear again.

After his arrest Tuesday, Brooks was placed in the Lee County Jail under a $350,000 secured bond.