Suspect in Noblesville rape believed to be in southern Indiana
Police artist drawing of Charles Farmer
By Scott Harvey WAVE 3 Investigator
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WAVE) -- Authorities are looking for a man they say is a stalker and violent rapist. Investigators in Indianapolis say he posed as a delivery person before forcing his way into a young woman's home and sexually assaulting her. As WAVE 3 Investigator Scott Harvey reports, police say the suspect could be hiding here in Kentuckiana.
Police say at a Wal-Mart just outside of Indianapolis, 32-year-old Charles Farmer met his victim. Surveillance video shows Farmer inside the store. Investigators say he made small talk with the woman and waited for her to leave. After following her home, police say he returned the next day, posing as a delivery man, tied her up and raped her while her 3-year-old son was in the home. The woman was able to free herself four hours after Farmer left and called for help.
WAVE 3 learned on Monday that detectives from both Noblesville Police and Clarksville Police served two of three search warrants on a home in Clarksville.
"I heard him leave before I got up," said Farmer's aunt, who asked us not to identify her. "That's it, and I haven't seen him since."
The woman told us Farmer had been there, and that investigators missed by only 12 hours.
"That is what he told his mom Sunday night. That a friend was going to pick him up because of gas," Farmer's aunt said.
Farmer is also charged with armed robbery. Police say he stole his victim's credit cards and records show that he used them while she was allegedly still tied up.
We asked Farmer's aunt if deep down she thought police were looking for the right man. "With everything they showed us, the search warrant, I don't see how it could not be," she answered.
She also has a strong message for Farmer.
"All I'm going to say, and I'm going to say Chucky -- because that is who you are to us -- you need to call your mother. You need to come here. Go to Noblesville. Wherever you are, you need to turn yourself in before this gets so much worse."
Police says that Charles Farmer works as a plumber or pipe fitter and has a tendency to bounce from place to place. If you have any information on Farmer's whereabouts, you are asked to call the Noblesville Police Department at 317-773-1300.
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