An 18-year old Erwin man is in jail this morning after being charged with
statutory rape involving a Coats runaway. According to the arresting
officer, the 14-year-old girl is now home with her parents.
Johnathan Luna of 45 Iris Bryant Road, Erwin, was charged Friday. He was
jailed in lieu of a $150,000 secured bond.
Juvenile Dunn Det. David Whittenton said the offense took place inside a
Dunn motel less than 24 hours after the girl’s absence.
“He (Mr. Luna) aided her in running away,” Det. Whittenton said.
Det. Whittenton said Mr. Luna turned himself in at the Coats Police
Department less than 24 hours after the girl was reported missing.
“Erwin Police Department went by his house and advised he (Mr. Luna)
needed to go by the Coats Police Department,” he said. “They were
investigating the runaway. He turned himself in at Coats. I guess he
figured he knew what he had done.
“Harnett County got information she (the girl) was in a motel in Dunn,
and transported her to the Coats Police Department for her parents to
pick her up. She was found in the motel around noon Friday,” Det.
Det. Whittenton said he interviewed Mr. Luna and the victim at the Coats
“He (Mr. Luna) gave a statement concerning the rape,” he said. “We asked
her (the girl) and she admitted that she had had consensual sex with the
accused, and that it took place inside the motel.”
Mr. Luna made his first court appearance in Lillington District Court
Copyright: Dunn Daily Record 2005