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Mount Airy man charged with rape and home invasion

Mount Airy man charged with rape and home invasion
Austin Daryl Marquez (Courtesy Photo)

A Mount Airy man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly forced entry into a Mount Airy residence and sexually assaulted a woman.

Austin Daryl Marquez, 22, of Mount Airy, was charged with eight counts including first-degree rape, home invasion and second-degree assault.

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Marquez is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center after he was denied bail at a hearing Monday morning in Carroll County District Court.

A detective from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office spoke to a woman Sunday morning at Carroll Hospital following the alleged assault. The previous night, her family had guests over, including Marquez, who had flirted with her, but she was not interested, she told police, according to the statement of charges.

At one point, Marquez was found in the woman’s bed wearing boxers waiting for her, at which point she told him to get dressed and leave, she told police.

After leaving, Marquez continued to text the woman, but she ignored them and locked the residence before going to bed. In the early morning, she awoke to Marquez sexually assaulting her and had to push him off of her to make him stop, according to the statement.

Officers found a door to the residence that showed damage believed to be consistent with forced entry, according to the statement.

Police spoke to a witness who said she had confronted Marquez following the incident. The witness showed police text messages where Marquez admitted to returning to the residence, according to the statement.

A preliminary hearing for Marquez has been set for Jan. 30 in Carroll County District Court.

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