High Point man charged with raping multiple women over 24 hours

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A convicted sex offender is now accused of three new rapes.

High Point police booked 21-year-old Tavio Whitehead into jail after they say he raped and strangled three women in 24 hours.

One of those victims is sharing her story and her connection to the suspect with FOX8.

FOX8 is not identifying the victim.

"I never in my life would want that to happen to anyone else," the 21-year-old woman said.

She told FOX8 she though Whitehead was a friend.

"I would never have expected it from him because I've been around him before," she said. "That's what makes this the worst."

That changed in the early morning hours of June 5.

"He put his hands around my neck and choked me so tight, I could not breathe at all," she said. "At this point, I was so scared, I didn't know what to do."

The victim knows the other two victims.

Officers found one of Whitehead's victims while responding to a hit-and-run on East Green Drive.

While they tried to find him, a young woman, partially clothed, came up to them asking for help.

That's when police connected her attack to the two other alleged rapes.

"A lot of girls reached out to me, telling me their experience and their stories. They sounded a lot like mine," the woman said.

Whitehead is already on probation for failing to register as a sex offender after his 2016 conviction for raping a 14-year-old at High Point Central High School.

He got out of jail on a plea deal.

"I don't want him to get out of jail," the woman said. "I would never in my life, want anyone, not even my worst enemy, to fear that fear ever."

FOX8 did reach out to the district attorney's office and asked why he was able to get out on probation.

FOX8 was told they were unable to comment about pending cases.

Whitehead is now being held at the Guilford County Jail on a $3 million bond.

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