ZEBULON — A seventh-month-old case was closed for Zebulon detectives after a local man was arrested in Knoxville, Tenn., on charges of first-degree rape of a child and first-degree sexual offense with a child.
Marcus Jerome Wright, 25, of 141 W. Barbee St., Zebulon, was extradited to Wake County and formally served with the charges on Feb. 21. He remained in the Wake County Jail on $1 million bond as of Wednesday.
The case originated last summer after a family member of the victim, an 11-year-old girl, reported the incident to the Zebulon Police Department, according to Zebulon Lt. Scott Finch. Arrest warrants indicated the incident occurred July 9, 2012.
Zebulon police entered Wright’s name into an international database for wanted people. Zebulon detectives were able to track Wright to Tennessee, where he was arrested by Knoxville police last month.
“It was a unified effort of the Zebulon Police Department and the surrounding agencies, and even surrounding states to bring someone into custody that is accused of a crime such as this,” Finch said.
Zebulon police specified the highest-level charges against Wright on grounds that the victim was under the age of 13 and that the case met other standards set in state law, arrest warrants said.