Franklin rape suspect turns himself in to police

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 11:52:16-05

Antowan Franklin (Photo: Franklin PD)

FRANKLIN, Va. – A man suspected of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman is in custody after turning himself in to police Wednesday.

On Tuesday at 7:37 a.m., officers responded to a home in the 200 block of South Street in regards to a rape investigation.

The victim told police a man broke into her home and sexually assaulted her at knife point. After the assault, the man ran away.

The victim was treated and released from Southampton Memorial Hospital.

Investigators obtained warrants for 26-year-old Antowan Franklin. Franklin’s last known address is in the 500 block of West Second Avenue. Police say the victim is familiar with Franklin.

Franklin is wanted for rape, forcible sodomy, abduction, and entering a dwelling with the intent to commit murder, rape, robbery, or arson.

He is currently in Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.