Suspect arrested in kidnapping, rape in Buncombe Co., sheriff’s office says

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BUNCOMBE CO., NC (WSPA) – Deputies say they have arrested a suspect Thursday night in a reported kidnapping and rape in Buncombe County.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said 57-year-old Bobby Lee Penley was arrested and charged with first degree Kidnapping and two counts of Statutory Sex Offense.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office released a photo earlier on Thursday of a vehicle whose owner was a person of interest in the case.

The sheriff’s Office said that the suspect was a 50- to 60-year-old man with gray hair and gray facial hair. Investigators said he may have a tattoo of “Bobby” on his chest.

The reported kidnapping and rape happened in the Leicester area of Buncombe County.

Investigators said additional charges are pending.

Penley is being held in the Buncombe County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.

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