Washington County VA

Quick actions by a deputy helped stop alleged rape

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - UPDATE: The rape charges against Carlos Enrique Alegria were dropped on December 18, 2013. Click here for more details.


We're learning more about an alleged rape that was ended after the victim called 911.

According to Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal, the victim of the alleged attack called 911 and left the line open.

Graybeal says the victim doesn't speak English, so 911 dispatchers called in an interpreter. He says that's when they called Deputy Darrell Collins, who responded to Cash Hollow Road and saw a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road.

Officers tell us Collins stopped the alleged attack and arrested Carlos Enrique Alegria. He was charged with aggravated rape and resisting arrest.

Graybeal says the call to 911 and the quick response could've saved her life. "We wouldn't have known anything was going on if 911 hadn't heard the conversation. So when you turn that phone on, we're able in emergency situations to ping that phone find out where you are exactly. 911 and us working together was great, and maybe kept this young lady from dying," adds Graybeal.

Graybeal say the victim was taken to Johnson City Medical Center.

He thanks the 911 dispatchers and the deputy for jumping into action so quickly.

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