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Man wanted in Cabarrus County for kidnapping, rape

(Credit: Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office) (Credit: Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office)
(Credit: Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office) (Credit: Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office)
The original post by the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office (Facebook) The original post by the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office (Facebook)
The reply that appears to be posted by Derek Helms (Facebook) The reply that appears to be posted by Derek Helms (Facebook)
CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A man is wanted in Cabarrus County on warrants for kidnapping and rape. 

The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding 28-year-old Derek Lee Helms. Helms lives in Stanly but could have possibly left the state. 

Investigators said that it was a "complex case" involving alleged domestic violence.

Helms has responded to the Cabarrus Sheriff's Office through social media after the sheriff's office posted his picture on its Facebook page.

A short time after that post was made someone made a comment defending Helms.  Helms responded to that comment, saying the charges were not true, that’s when the sheriff’s office made a comment, telling Helms he needed to turn himself in.

Later, Helms posted "God strike me dead as I set here typing this I didn’t do this."

Deputies say Helms has outstanding warrants for arrest charging him with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape. 

He may be driving a silver or gray four-door 2005 Mercedes.

Sheriff Brad Riley said that investigators had been speaking with Helms about the case, but that's once charges were filed, they could no longer find him.

“When we got to that part of filing the charges on him, all of a sudden he becomes a little more elusive and a little less available through family members and his own attorney," Sheriff Riley said. "It’s very paramount that he would contact us and us go through the process, right, wrong, or indifferent.  There are charges out there now and he continues to post things like he’s going to be elusive and this and that, so we’re going to do all we can to try to get him in custody.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office at 704-920-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 704-93-CRIME. 

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