ONSLOW COUNTY – See something, say something. But if you’re a bit shy, an anonymous tip will suffice. And heck, you might get a scratch for your efforts.
“Using this anonymous tip from Crime Stoppers, detectives from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office were able to launch an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a Midway Park man for multiple sex offenses committed by a young woman. 14-year-old daughter,” according to a press release. of OCSO.
Kevin Baldemare Diaz, 21, of Raccoon Lane was arrested by the OCSO on June 20, 2022 and charged with lawful rape of a child 15 years of age or younger, lawful sexual offense with a child and indecent liberty with a child, according to mandates . The alleged incidents happened on July 4, 2021, according to court documents. Diaz and the victim resided in the same mobile home park in which Diaz’s single wide trailer was located directly across from the community playground. Diaz and the victim lived within 1,100 feet of each other.
Diaz was initially held in remand in the Onslow County Jail on a $100,000 guaranteed bond, but has since backed out, according to court documents. Diaz is represented by his court-appointed Jacksonville attorney, Paul Castle, and is scheduled to return to Onslow County District Court on July 20.
At the monthly Crime Stoppers meeting held on Thursday, July 14, 2022 inside the Jacksonville Transportation Center, the tip that led to Diaz’s arrest was discussed. While Crime Stoppers never discloses the exact payout for each reward — which could be as high as $2,500 — that payout was “substantial” according to JOCS founder and former president Joe Yannessa.
Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information deemed useful or helpful to law enforcement. Information can be texted anonymously via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Typists calling 910-938-3273.