Crime

Murderer rapes woman who offered him shelter from hurricane, cops say

Police in North Carolina say a Southern Pines woman was attempting to help a man by providing a place to stay during Hurricane Florence and was repaid for her kindness with a horrific sexual assault.

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According to police, 37-year-old Freeman Scott Ireland — recently released from prison after serving a 20-year sentence for murder — was arrested this week on suspicion of second-degree forcible rape.

The alleged victim contacted police late Monday night and Ireland was still at the location when law enforcement arrived.

A police statement alleges that the suspect “sexually assaulted her while she was sleeping inside her home.”

Ireland remained behind bars with bond set at $500,000 as of the latest updates available.

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