BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A man accused of abducting a woman at knifepoint and then raping her Monday morning is a registered sex offender with three prior rape convictions. Now, FOX8 learned from court documents that the most recent case has striking similarities to one of his offenses from 2003.
In both Monday's case and that of 2003, Mark Anthony Chamberlain is accused of threatening his victims with a knife and forcing them to have sex with him. In both instances, the alleged offenses are said to have happened in the early hours of the morning. Both times, deputies said he found his victims on Webb Avenue in Burlington, within blocks of each other. And in both cases, he was caught promptly after the alleged rapes.
In the 2003 offense, Chamberlain was convicted in 2005.
In the current case, court documents show Chamberlain's current address to be an old auto repair building in the 1300 block of Webb Avenue.
Next door, the owner of United Transmissions said he gave Chamberlain work on-and-off for seven years.
"Sometimes, we don't know people," owner Craig Deaton said. "I hate it. And it makes me scared that I used him as much as I did."
Deaton said he often employs people with criminal histories because he feels everyone deserves a second chance.
"Because if somebody doesn't give them a chance, nobody will," Deaton said. "I always try to help people and generally find the good in people."
Chamberlain is in the Alamance County Jail under a $200,000 bond.