Selma Police officers rescued a 28 year-old woman from a motel room and arrested a man recently released from prison they said was holding her against her will.
Tuesday night, police received a tip a wanted man who had cut off his ankle monitor issued by probation officers was at the Masters Inn on Highway 70 in Selma.
Officers converged on a room at the back of the motel but no one answered the door. After a couple of minutes, police heard a woman screaming for help inside. Officers tried to kick down the door but were unable to break through. They were able to break out a window gaining entry into the room.
The partially clothed woman and the suspect were found in the shower. The victim later told police she believed she was just minutes away from being raped.
Police said they found LSD, marijuana and prescription pills in the room.
Brandon Keith Sims, 26, of Hummingbird Road, Four Oaks was charged with kidnapping, felony probation violation, possession of LSD, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice, and interfering with an electronic monitoring device.
Sims was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $125,500 bond.
The female victim had reportedly gone to the room a short time earlier but when she tried to leave Sims refused. She was not physically harmed.
On May 16, 2009, Sims who was 17 at the time, went with a second teenager to a home on Devil’s Racetrack Road near Four Oaks and shot 22 year-old Clevon Jerrell Stewart. Stewart was rushed to the hospital but later died. Sims was originally charged with second-degree murder but was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
The 2009 case was delayed going to trial until 2011 because of a backlog of DNA tests at the NC SBI crime lab.
Sims initially received 24 months probation for manslaughter, but the probation was revoked after Sims was found guilty of robbing the Hampton Inn on Industrial Park Drive in Selma on April 20, 2012.
During the robbery, Sims entered the motel lobby and placed a gun to the head of the clerk and told him, “I will blow your f***ing brains out.” Sims, a former employee at the motel, stole the motel safe and the clerk’s pickup to make a getaway. The clerk who was robbed was able to identify Sims because he had showed up a month before saying he was homeless. The clerk provided Sims with toiletry items before he left.
Sims was convicted in October 2012 of the motel robbery and his probation was revoked for the manslaughter conviction. He had been in prison serving time on those charges until his release in January 2018 at which time he was released on probation.