Lumberton man gets $3M bond after multiple rape, robbery charges; more victims possible

North Carolina

LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – Deputies arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with multiple rapes and robberies throughout Robeson County.

Jonathan Candelaria, of Lumberton, was arrested at his home on Monday by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

According to the sheriff’s office: The first assault occurred in August 2019 in Maxton; the second assault occurred on September 2019 in Lumberton; the third offense occurred on October 2019 in Fairmont, and the fourth assault occurred on March 15, 2020, in Lumberton

Candelaria is charged with:

  • Three counts of a first-degree forcible sex offense
  • Two counts of second-degree rape
  • Second-degree forcible sex offense
  • Four counts of first-degree kidnapping
  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • Common law robbery

Candelaria was placed in the custody of Robeson County Detention Center with a $3 million secured bond.

A recent interview and follow up interviews in other cases assisted the investigators with identifying Candeleria, according to the sheriff’s office.

“This has been a disturbing investigation and I applaud the victims for coming forward with their information,” said Sheriff Burnis Wilkins. “As this investigation continues, we have reason to believe there may be more victims across the county and ask that any person that may have been victimized by this suspect to please call the number below.”

Anyone with information these cases or unreported cases is asked to call Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 671-3100 or (910) 671-3170.

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