A Nelson man is in custody and facing numerous charges after a case of rape was reported in the Prestwould subdivision in Clarksville at 2:41 AM on Sunday morning. Willie Jackson Farley, III, was taken into custody in North Carolina on Sunday.

According to reports from the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office, Deputy K. Johnson, L. Thompson and C. Jackson were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Staunton Hill Drive in the subdivision for a reported rape. Arriving on the scene, the deputies interviewed the victim who told them she had been physically and sexually assaulted and that the suspect had tried to set fire to the residence. As the suspect tried to set the fire, the victim managed to get out of the residence and into the woods. The victim watched as the suspect left in a pickup truck. She then returned to the home where she put out the fire and called 911.

The victim was able to identify her assailant to the deputies.

At approximately 6:00 A.M. on Sunday morning, Deputy J. Carey was traveling east on the Highway 58 bypass bridge in Clarksville when he observed heavy smoke coming from the Highway 15 area. Deputy Carey drove toward the smoke and found the residence on Staunton Hill Drive fully involved. Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene as were investigators with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division. Further investigation led to a felony warrant for Willie Jackson Farley, III, on charges of malicious wounding. His name was entered into the NCIC sys- tem as a wanted person and later on Sunday, Farley was taken into custody in Wilson, North Carolina.

The investigation into these incidents in ongoing at press time and additional charges are pending in the case.