Two Arrested in Lavonia Rape, Kidnapping

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR, Lavonia


Two Lavonia men are facing multiple charges in connection with an alleged rape of a woman over the weekend.

It happened early Saturday morning at a home on Maple St according to Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle.

Carlisle said his officers first learned of the case when contacted by medical personnel at the Ty Cobb Medical Center emergency room.

“The victim had gone to the Emergency Room there for treatment. After interviewing her, officers learned she had been sexually assaulted by two men earlier that evening.”

While at the Maple St. home, Carlisle says the two male suspects dragged the victim into a bedroom where they raped and sodomized her.

Arrested Saturday were 51-year old Phillip Jerome Hill of Spring St in Lavonia and 44-year old Jeffery Wayne Rucker of Maple St. in Lavonia.

“After questioning, both were charged with rape, kidnapping and forcible sodomy,” Carlisle said. “The victim was taken to Harmony House in Royston where she was given counseling and treated by nurses.”

Both Hill and Rucker remain in the Franklin County Detention Center without bond.