Green Forest suspect arrested on rape warrant

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Green Forest man who had been wanted on a rape warrant since May was arrested Monday by investigators from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and members of the Arkansas Community Corrections Special Response Team.

According to a press release issued by Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek, Charles Briley was located at the home of a registered sex offender on County Road 8534. Briley ran out the back door of the residence and was captured after a short foot pursuit. He suffered a leg injury and was treated at Mercy Hospital in Berryville before being booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on charge of fleeing, rape, revocation. Boone County also had issued a hold order for Briley.

Briley, 38, made his first court appearance in Carroll County Circuit Court this week. A judge set bond for Briley at $500,000 cash.

An affidavit written by CCSO Investigator Joel Hand revealed more details about Briley's arrest and the allegations against him.

According to Hand's affidavit, authorities received information that Briley might be at the home of Howard Hughes, 50, in Green Forest.

Hand's affidavit notes that Hughes is a Level 3 registered sex offender and was convicted of rape in 1986. According to the affidavit, when authorities went to Hughes' home at about 5 p.m. Monday, he denied that Briley was there. Hughes refused to allow authorities to enter the home and search for Briley and asked them to leave his property, according to the affidavit.

Hand said he was watching the back of the home when he saw Briley exit the home through a back door and run toward the tree line. After a short chase, Briley was taken into custody.

Hughes was arrested on probable cause for hindering apprehension or prosecution and booked into the county jail. Bond for Hughes was set at $3,500.

The original affidavit written to obtain a warrant for Briley's arrest describes two accounts of the alleged rape. The May 1 affidavit, written by CCSO Investigator Cpl. Mark Bailey, says the alleged rape occurred on Christmas Eve 2013.

According to the affidavit, the alleged victim was picked up by a Missouri Department of Human Services case worker from her foster parents' residence in Windsor, Mo. The case worker then met Briley in Springfield and Briley picked up the alleged victim to visit her grandmother in Arkansas.

According to the alleged victim, she and Briley drank vodka and fell asleep. She later woke up with Briley penetrating her, saying he left the room when she started crying. Bailey's affidavit says Briley admitted to drinking that night but said he passed out and woke up on top of the alleged victim. He said he did not remember anything leading up to the penetration.

The bulk of the case leading to Briley's arrest, Hand said, was handled by other Carroll County authorities.

"I was just the lucky one to apprehend him and get him in jail," Hand said. "That was a great feeling. The good guys won."

He said most of the investigation consisted of chasing down leads and knocking on doors.

"It was good old-fashioned police work. The wheels turn slowly, but they do turn," Hand said.

Briley is also a person of interest in a Boone County rape case, Boone County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Marc Arnold confirmed.

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