Man admits to raping a 78-year-old woman

Arthur Stanley (Courtesy: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)
Arthur Stanley (Courtesy: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Columbus County man faced a judge Monday in connection with brutal crimes against two women.

47-year-old Arthur Stanley is facing several charges of multiple felonies from Columbus County including: rape, kidnapping, burglary, assault, and larceny.

According to the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, four homes were burglarized in the southeastern part of the county Sunday around noon.

A 78-year-old woman was inside the last home that was burglarized.  She was sexually assaulted and beaten.  Her daughter entered the home during the attack and was also knocked out.

The accused burglar took the daughter's vehicle and kidnapped her in the process.  Stephen Stanley, the victim's son, heard his sister screaming and ran over from his home.

"My mom was laying on that chair with her clothes off and he pointed at me I am going to kill you I am going to kill you I left and called 911," said Stephen.

Stephen said Stanley was standing in his mother's kitchen with no pants on.

Authorities say Stanley kidnapped the daughter, stole her car, and led Columbus County Sheriff's Deputies on a high speed chase into South Carolina.

Horry County Police tried to stop the chase by putting out stop sticks to flatten his tires. Stanley then ran into the woods and after a short foot chase, police caught him and tased him.

The kidnapped victim and her mother were both taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries from the attack.

Stanley was arrested ant transported to a detention center in Horry County, where authorities say he admitted to the four burglaries and the sexual attack.

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