Man acquitted last year for kidnapping and rape -- accused again of same crimes
JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A man acquitted last year for kidnapping and rape is now being accused of the same crimes.
The Onlsow County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that Vincente Delgado, 26, of Rocky Run Road in Jacksonville was arrested on Sept. 15 after a brief foot chase. He was charged with kidnapping and raping a female at gunpoint. He was charged in an incident that happened between April 1-August 1, 2016. The victim reported Delgado had forcibly kidnapped and raped her. The victim and suspect were known to each other, according to the police report.
The charges for assault on a female have a total bond of $1,610,000. He was out on a $400,000 bond for assault on a female in a separate case.
In 2015, Delgado was arrested by the Jacksonville Police Department and charged with felony first degree rape and a slew of other charges. He was accused of holding a woman against her will and photographing and videoing as he sodomized and raped her before urinating on her face, head and hair.
Delgado's first trial for these charges was in May 2016. It ended in a mistrial when two jurors were seen by multiple people discussing the case near the courthouse steps. Jurors later polled said 11 of them believed him to be guilty.
The Onslow County District Attorney's Office retired his case in September 2016. Within two hours, the jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict.
Delgado's first court appearance for Friday's charges will be today, Monday, September 18. In addition, Delgado will be returning to court on November 13 for six additional assault on a female charges. He will also face two charges each for injury to personal property and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, as well as one charge of communicating threats, according to N.C. Courts.
In 2008, Delgado was convicted of simple assault in Onslow County, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He only received probation.