Residents of Farmington, P.E.I., say they're shocked to learn fellow resident Gary Edward Brown is facing charges after a 17-year-old girl was found injured along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Police were called at about 1 a.m. on July 16 and were told an injured teen had been found along the highway at Cherry Valley east of Charlottetown.

Officers say the girl was injured when she escaped from a vehicle, about 20 minutes east of Charlottetown.

Brown, 38, has been charged with forcible confinement, assault and sexual assault.

Residents of Farmington say Brown is well known in the area, having grown up in the small, rural community about 50 kilometres east of Charlottetown. 

They say Brown owns a mini-home in Farmington but has worked out west on and off over the years.

His parents live nearby.

The RCMP’s major crimes unit is still working on the case, with help from Charlottetown Police.

“Well it is still an ongoing investigation that the members are working on. Some charges of forcible confinement, sexual assault and assault have been laid,” said RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler.

Brown is slated to appear in provincial court Aug. 4.

Police are not identifying the girl. They say she and Brown had no connection to each other until these charges.

She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown for treatment and has since been released.