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Authorities investigate rape in Fayetteville area

Posted July 13, 2010

— Cumberland County deputies were investigating a rape that was reported early Tuesday in the Legion Park area of Fayetteville.

Investigators said a woman was asleep in a bedroom of her home on Rustic Trail when she was awakened at about 1:45 a.m. by a man standing over her.

The man was described as being between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds. He was wearing a black ski mask, black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and gloves.

There was no immediate word on whether investigators believe the case is linked to a string of burglaries and rapes in Fayetteville and Hope Mills between June 2009 and January. In each of those cases, women who lived in apartments reported that a man broke in late at night while they were home alone and sexually assaulted them.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has stepped up patrols in the area, and authorities encouraged residents to report any suspicious activity or persons in their neighborhood.


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  • rickryan86 Jul 14, 2010

    im a male.6 feet tall and former vietnam vet and i carry a wepon,not just for me but for people around me that my be missused,i think its a dam shame that any woman has to be afraid to take a nap or sleep in fear

  • miss Q B Jul 14, 2010

    a woman should not be scared to stay home alone or go out at night alone, but sadly that's the case. i feel so bad for this woman. it's just so unfair!! this is the reason i believe in owning a gun & knowing how/when to use it, i want to have the ability to protect myself. i hope she can get past this...

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 13, 2010

    And what gets me is the law says the crime is down. This is a serious crime, & this women has to carry this the rest of her life.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 13, 2010

    I am so sorry for this women that had to experience this. They need to have stronger laws on sex offenders. This is an example of why we need the DNA bill. I really hope they will find this guy & make an example of him.

  • finesse187 Jul 13, 2010

    I really hope they find this guy and soon!! That's scary to wake up and find someone you don't know standing over you!!