A former Camp Lejeune janitor, facing more than two dozen rape, burglary and other charges, appeared in court Thursday morning.
Willie Abner Brown, 36, of Dennis Road, has been charged with 25 counts related to a string of rapes and burglaries that happened in Jacksonville between July 2011 and September 2012, police said. At the Onslow County Courthouse Thursday morning, Brown was told he could get life imprisonment if convicted. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for May 23.
On Wednesday, police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service arrested Brown and jailed him under a $1,950,000 bond.
His full list of charges are as follows:
- Six counts of first-degree rape
- Three counts of first-degree burglary
- One count of first-degree kidnapping
- Two counts of second-degree kidnapping
- Four counts of first-degree sexual offense
- One count of attempted first-degree rape
- Five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon
- One count of felony breaking and entering
- One count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury
Investigators did not explain the circumstances behind those charges. But Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero did talk about the people Brown allegedly targeted.
"We're obviously concerned about the victims because the victims have to live with that long after the case is done," Yaniero said.
William Buford, a neighbor of the suspect, shared his reactions.
"Somebody who is capable of doing so many different crimes, so frequently, and have zero regard for the people they're victimizing with these crimes is just unbelievable," Buford said.
NewsChannel 12 went to the home where police said the suspect lived, to get his family's side of the story. But they were not there.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Jacksonville Police Detective Ramirez at 910-938-6405 or email@example.com. Alternatively, NCIS Special Agent Joshua Lawson can be reached at 910-451-8071.
Brown has been in the Onslow County Jail since September 2012, for allegedly assaulting and robbing Briana Murphy in the Carolina Forest neighborhood. He is charged with first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon for that incident.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Brown has been convicted of several crimes dating back to 1996, including possession of various drugs, resisting an officer, extortion, and possession of firearms by a felon.