Second suspect charged in alleged rape of girl in Craven County

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Craven Co., NC Sheriff’s Office

COVE CITY, N.C. (WNCT) The Craven County Sheriff’s Office said a second suspect has been charged in connection with the alleged rape of a 5-year-old girl.

Deputies said they have arrested Janatia Temple Bullock, 33, of New Bern, on Tuesday.

Bullock was charged with felony obstruction of justice.

According to detectives, Bullock is the girlfriend of Michael Brandon Bryan, 37, of Cove City, and provided financial assistance to Bryan while he was evading law enforcement.

Bryan was arrested on October 2 in Summersville, West Virginia.

Bryan was charged with felony statutory rape of a child, and felony statutory sex offense, after investigators said he raped a five-year-old girl he was babysitting.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Fugitive and Missing Person Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation – West Virginia, the West Virginia State Police, the Nicholas County West Virginia Sheriff’s Office, and the Summersville, West Virginia Police Department assisted with the apprehension of Bryan.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Fugitive Task Force Eastern Division consists of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Greenville Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies said a Cove City man accused of raping a five-year-old child he was babysitting has been arrested in West Virginia.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office said that Michael Brandon Bryan, 37, of Cove City, was arrested in Summersville, West Virginia around 1:30 p.m.

Sheriff Chip Hughes said, “our Criminal Investigation Division worked diligently with agencies at the local, state, and federal levels to help track and locate Michael Bryan.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Fugitive and Missing Person Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation – West Virginia, the West Virginia State Police, the Nicholas County West Virginia Sheriff’s Office, and the Summersville, West Virginia Police Department assisted with the apprehension of Bryan.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Fugitive Task Force Eastern Division consists of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Greenville Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.

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COVE CITY, NC (WNCT) – The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a Cove City man accused of raping a five-year-old child he was babysitting.

Deputies said they’re looking for Michael Brandon Bryan, age 37, whose last known address was on Highway 55 in Cove City.

Bryan is wanted on felony charges of statutory rape of a child, and statutory sex offense, in connection with a five-year-old child he was babysitting.

Investigators said Bryan is driving a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche with North Carolina license plate PLX-6128. The Sheriff’s Office said Bryan’s vehicle is the same color and model year as the vehicle pictured at the top of this story.

Anyone with information on Michael Brandon Bryan’s location should call the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620, call Craven County Communications at 252-633-2357, or call your local law enforcement agency.

Craven County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to Bryan’s arrest. To leave an anonymous tip, call 252-633-5141.

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