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UPDATE: Man accused of rape: "You have no evidence."

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man from Leland is accused of raping a female relative at an apartment complex in Wilmington. 

Harold Goins made his first court appearance on Friday afternoon.  A judge set his bond at $2 million. 

Officers were called to the Pines Apartments on Shipyard Boulevard on Wednesday.  A woman told them she was held at knife point and raped. 

"You have no evidence," Goins told the judge Friday. 

"This case is a case that I will be found not guilty in," he explained.  "I know the evidence is basically my word against hers.  She states that I had a gun and a knife, but there is no semi-automatic hand gun to be shown that this victim is telling the truth."

Harold Goins had only been out of prison for five days when the rape happened.  He served 14 years for assaulting a lawyer outside the New Hanover County Courthouse in 1996.

Police say Goins has a history of assault, including assault on a law enforcement officer, and robbery.

Due to the nature of the case, officers did not release information earlier to the public because they had identified the suspect, and the rape was not a random act of violence.

Goins is charged with the following:

  • First degree rape
  • First degree forcible sex offense
  • Kidnapping
  • Communicating threats
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Firearm by a felon

The Wilmington Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force worked with the U.S. Marshals Service to arrest Goins Thursday night without incident. 

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