2 wanted in connection with rape of teen in Helena-West Helena

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Sherris "Punky" Ingram and Darryl Harlan/ Helena-West Helena Police Department

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — Helena-West Helena Police are looking for two people who face charges related to the rape of a teenager.

Police say Darryl “Boo” Harlan, 29, raped the 14-year-old. He is wanted for the rape charge but could also face additional federal charges, police said.

Another suspect, Sherris “Punky” Ingram, 37, is charged with permitting the abuse of a minor, first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The victim told police Harlan took her to a hotel in Mississippi when she was 13 to have sex with her. The abuse was ongoing, police said.

Police said there were adults who knew about it but didn’t do anything, including an Arkansas Department of Human Services caseworker. An investigation is pending.

Police said Harlan and Ingram both have criminal histories.

Both suspects are at large, and police believe Harlan could have gone out of state to the Detroit area.

There may be more people charged in the case, police said.

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