Suspect in custody for rape

Published 8:52 am Thursday, July 25, 2013

While investigating a burglary and rape that occurred on Washington Street, police discovered a second sexual assault victim, which occurred Tuesday evening, and later made an arrest.


Tremaine M. Porter, 26, last known address 305 Edwards Street, Apt. A, in Franklin, was arrested in connecting with the second sexual assault, and the Franklin Police Department suspects he is involved in the burglary and rape, as well, said Lt. Timothy Whitt, spokesman for the Franklin Police Department.

In the second sexual assault, the suspect led the juvenile victim to the back of an apartment complex on Tuesday evening, where he allegedly abducted and raped her by force.

Information was obtained that Porter was staying at a residence in Suffolk, and with the assistance of the Suffolk Police Department, warrants were served on him at the 7600 block of Harvest Drive. Porter was taken into custody without incident Wednesday night.

Porter has yet to be charged with the Washington Street burglary and rape, but based on information, police believe him to be responsible, said Whitt.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., an individual forced entry through a back door and sexually assaulted the 48-year-old resident. The victim was also struck in the face, causing injury. She was later treated at Southampton Memorial Hospital.

It is unknown at this time if anything was taken.

Whitt said police had worked all day constantly on identifying and apprehending the suspect.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the Franklin Police Department at 757-562-8587 or Franklin Crime Solvers at 757-562-8599, information that leads to an arrest can earn the caller a cash reward while remaining anonymous.