Chesterfield man charged with raping woman in Colonial Heights

Chesterfield man charged with raping woman in Colonial Heights
Michael Gholson. (Source: Colonial Heights police)

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man was arrested after he reportedly sexually assaulted a woman in Colonial Heights.

Colonial Heights police were called to Archer Avenue Pavilion on May 2 for a report of a suspicious woman.

The woman was located in the woods, disoriented and injured, and told police she had met a man in Petersburg and accompanied him to a restaurant in Colonial Heights and that later in the evening he has taken her to Archer Avenue Pavilion where she was physically and sexually assaulted and robbed of cash.

The victim described the assailant as a bald black male who was driving a silver sedan.

Police identified a suspect through surveillance images and Michael F. Gholson, 52, of Chesterfield, was arrested May 16 in Petersburg by U.S. Marshals.

Gholson is charged with rape, sodomy by force, malicious wounding abduction and grand larceny. He is being held at Riverside Regional Jail without bond.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660.

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