ZEBULON — After a four-hour manhunt that led Zebulon police to a swamp in nearby Franklin County, 34-year-old Michael Allyn Gall of Zebulon is being held at WakeMed after being accused of raping a woman and attempting to cut his own throat.
According to Zebulon police, Gall will be served with several warrants when he is released from WakeMed including first-degree rape, first-degree forcible sex offense and breaking and entering.
Gall allegedly restrained his victim with shoestrings and tape and raped her around 7:45 a.m. Monday morning. The woman managed to free herself and run into the street when Gall left through the back door of the apartment, Zebulon police Chief Tim Hayworth said. The victim returned to the apartment to call 911.
Police didn’t find Gall in the immediate area. Four hours later and with the help of K-9 units, the Wake County and Franklin County sheriff’s offices, a search helicopter and North Carolina Highway Patrol, police found him in a swampy area in Franklin County near Mallie Pearce Road.
When police found him, Gall tried to cut his own throat and wrists. He only had minor injuries following the search.
The woman didn’t have any life-threatening injuries.
Zebulon police Lt. Scott Finch estimated the last first-degree rape was reported over 10 years ago. Monday’s incident is the 13th sex offense case reported in Zebulon this year.