CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Parents at Merry Oaks Elementary School were shocked and saddened to learn that a school employee was attacked and raped by her estranged husband on school grounds Monday.
Jenny, who asked that we not use her last name, began to cry and shake when she learned of the attack. Oh my, that's horrible, she said. It really hits home. I hate to hear that.
According to a police report, the employee's estranged husband came onto the school campus after dismissal and threatened to kill her. No students were near the scene of the incident, according to police. The estranged husband allegedly taped the woman's hands and mouth and then raped her.
An adult witness spotted them and the suspect ran. Police arrested him a short time later without incident.
Jenny said a school administrator did call parents about the incident Tuesday evening. She said the message was brief and that the caller explained she could not go into details because the incident was an ongoing police investigation.
Jenny said she wished she had received more information so that she could be prepared for anything her daughter might learn about it from other children.
Still, she said her concern now is with the victim. Still, that's horrible. That it happened at her workplace with children still in the building, she said.
Jenny called the Merry Oaks community a tight group and she believed parents will rally around the victim.
Very shocked, very shocked. That it would happen to anyone, much less on a school campus, she said through tears.
The suspect was charged with rape, sexual assault, kidnapping and communicating threats. NewsChannel 36 is not releasing his name to protect the identity of the victim.