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Harrisburg man charged with Kannapolis rape

KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis Police charged a Harrisburg man for the rape of a woman who said she was physically and sexually assaulted by a man who was an acquaintance.

Vurnel Lee Smith, Jr. 38, of the 9300 block of Rocky River Road, was charged Sunday with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree forcible sex offense.

Officers went to Carolinas Medical Center-Kannapolis for a victim who lives in Kannapolis. The woman told them Smith broke into her home and assaulted her.

Smith was arrested in Charlotte at a Mallard Hill Drive apartment. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police assisted in the arrest. Smith remains in the Cabarrus County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond.

The victim remains in the hospital and is in stable condition.

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