PARKTON — A second man has been arrested in a series of rapes in Parkton in which victims were targeted through a classifieds website, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Shawn Pierre Chacon, 27, was arrested Thursday. He is the brother of Alfonso Chacon, 31, who was charged in the case on Dec. 12, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.
Shawn Chacon has been charged with raping three of six women who reported being sexually assaulted between Nov. 28 and Dec. 11. The women are 17, 23 and 37 years old, Sealey said. Chacon is also charged with severely beating a 55-year-old man on Dec. 7, Sealey said.
According to Sealey, Shawn Chacon, who lives on Conaster Road in Parkton, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, larceny of motor vehicle, first-degree sexual offense, felony conspiracy and second-degree sexual offense.
He is being held at the Robeson County Detention Center under a $1 million bond.
Chacon’s brother Alfonso, who lives on Lariat Court in Parkton, faces similar charges. He is also charged in the rape of the 17-year-old girl, the only minor involved in the case, Sealey said.
Six women between the ages of 17 and 37 reported they were sexually assaulted after posting ads on backpage.com, a website that has been accused of enabling sex trafficking through its “adult” section on several occasions.
According to Sealey, it is not clear why the women posted ads on the website. They received responses telling them to go to Lariat Court. After arriving, they were forced at gunpoint to drive to woods off Blue Road, where the attacks occurred, Sealey said.
Two of the women, ages 19 and 28, as well as a 32-year-old male reported on Dec. 5 that they had been kidnapped, according to the statement. The women said they had also been robbed.
The alleged victims were all from Cumberland County.
At the time of Alfonso Chacon’s arrest, Sealey said up to three more people may have been involved, but that the public is not in any danger.
Anyone with information should call Sheriff’s Maj. Anthony Thompson at 910-671-3189