Police: Officers stop home invasion, attempted rape in Burlington

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police say they arrested a convicted sex offender after interrupting a home invasion and attempted rape in Burlington.

According to the Burlington Police Department, officers responded at 11:59 p.m. Saturday to a report of a burglary in-progress at an apartment at 611 Grace Ave.

When they arrived, police say the officers found that the front door of the apartment had been forced open.

Police say the officers heard a woman “screaming for help” inside the apartment.  The officers went inside, at which point they encountered a man who was assaulting the woman.

The man attempted to run away, but he was arrested without further incident, police said.

The suspect was later identified as 43-year-old Jerry Lee Johnson of Burlington.

Police say they learned Johnson broke inside the apartment by kicking in the front door.  The suspect then assaulted and attempted to rape the victim before he was interrupted by the officers, police said.

The victim suffered minor injuries, but she did not require medical attention, police said.

No other details about the incident were provided.

Johnson is charged with first-degree burglary, attempted second-degree rape, assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications.  Police say the suspect was also wanted on two outstanding warrants out of Salem County, Virginia for failing to register as a sex offender and another outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court in Alamance County.

As of Monday, Johnson was being held in the Alamance County Jail under a $250,500 secured bond.

The incident is still being investigated.  Anyone with further information is asked to call Burlington police at (336) 229-3500 or Crimestoppers at 229-7100.