Columbus County teen accused of trying to rape elderly woman

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Marcus Ryan Heimnick (Photo: CCSO)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A teenager is facing rape charges after allegedly breaking into a home in Nakina and trying to sexually assault a woman in her 70s.

Deputies responded to the home around 3:30 on May 22. A 75-year-old woman reported she woke up to find a man in her bedroom.

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According to deputies, 19-year-old Marcus Ryan Heimnick attempted to sexually assault her, but she fought back.

She attempted to get her phone to call 911, but he allegedly took it so she used her medic alert device instead.

Heimnick was charged with felony first degree burglary, felony attempted second degree forcible rape and other charges. He received a $515,000 bond.