An Asheville man was arrested and charged with kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl after a referral from Social Services, authorities said Tuesday.
Detective Patrick Guion of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Dylan Evan Smith, 18, of Asheville, with statutory rape and kidnapping.
According to arrest warrants, Smith “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did kidnap (a 12-year-old female acquaintance) … by unlawfully removing the victim from one place to another, without the consent of the victim’s parent or legal guardian, and for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a felony, statutory rape.”
The Sheriff’s Office received the case on a referral from the McDowell County Department of Social Services.
Smith was issued a $300,000 bond.