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April 13, 2013

Suspect sought in rape, shooting

Berrien, Adel authorities seek Ray City man

RAY CITY — Authorities are on the lookout for a suspect in a Berrien County rape and a Cook County shooting, according to authorities.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, deputies responded to a call from a home on Jones Street in Ray City, said Investigator Kyle Lightsey of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies determined that two victims, male and female, had been been tied up and put in a master bathroom, Lightsey said.

The woman was raped and taken from the residence to Adel, he said.

The suspect, Charles Tyson Heard, 42, had been living in the same residence for a short time, he said.

Once in Adel, the suspect became involved with a shooting, which is when the woman escaped, Lightsey said.

According to media reports, police believe the shooting of a Cook County man at his residence is related. The shooting victim is recovering at South Georgia Medical Center. Attempts to contact the Adel Police Department Friday night for details were unsuccessful.

When the shooting occurred, the rape victim escaped from the suspect, Lightsey said.

Heard was last seen in the woman’s gray or silver 2010 Nissan Altima which had dealer drive-out tags, and may be heading for the Atlanta-Royston area, he said.

Heard faces charges of rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment and theft by taking in Berrien County, on top of any charges from Adel, Lightsey said.

Anyone with information about Heard can call the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at 229-686-7071 or, after hours, 229-686-2091 and remain anonymous, he said.

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