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Cary police search for man wanted in sexual assault

Posted April 14, 2014

— Investigators are searching for a man wanted for sexually assaulting a woman in her home Saturday.

The 20-year-old woman told police the man, who was behind her in traffic, followed her home at the Hawthorne at the Parkway to warn her of damage to her vehicle. After thanking him, the woman headed to her apartment where the man pushed her inside as she unlocked her door, police said.

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven, light skinned black male with short black hair and green eyes that investigators believe could be contacts. He is about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 200 pounds. The suspect was last seen driving a red or burgundy SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Cary CrimeStoppers at 919-460-4636. CrimeStoppers pays up to $2,500 for confidential information leading to arrest or indictment.

Cary police encourages residents to be aware of their surroundings at all times and issued the following tips:

• If anyone follows you, look confident and let him or her know you are aware of his/her presence. Don't be polite or engage in conversation.
• If they continue to follow you, cross the street and/or change directions.
• If this doesn't work, walk toward other people or occupied buildings and stay away from places where you might get cornered.
• If someone in a car follows you and is persistent or becomes obscene, write down the license tag number and report it to the police department or Highway Patrol as soon as possible.
• If you are trapped in your car, honk your horn in quick short bursts to attract people's attention.
• Make sure that all of the car doors are locked whenever you leave your vehicle.
• When returning to your car, have your keys ready so you can enter your car quickly and be aware of your surroundings. If you have to look into a purse or a pocket to find them, it takes extra time and you lose sight of what is around you, which could allow someone to sneak up on you.
• As you approach your car, look underneath to make sure no one is hiding there. Before you enter your car, look to see if all of the doors are locked or if there are any uninvited passengers in the back seat or on the floor. If your door locks are not the way you left them or you see someone inside, leave the area as quickly as possible and notify the police department.


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  • Becky Owens Apr 15, 2014
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    Unfortunately, the suggested tool " If you are trapped in your car, honk your horn in quick short bursts to attract people's attention," has been usurped for use by people who can't manually lock their cars or find them. It should be against the law to use the horn as a signal with the clicker for a vehicle. The horn should be returned for what it was intended: a signal for warning, danger, or help.

  • LetsBeFair Apr 15, 2014

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    Could be true, but not questioning that. But I always question someone so interested in something enough to stop. Just as I'm wary of someone more interested than I am about my children. Flags up.

  • Jason Grantham Apr 15, 2014
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    Once again the Cary PD tries to push things under the rug so nobody notices, trying to stay on the list of safest cities is their only goal....won't happen this year!

  • Jason Grantham Apr 15, 2014
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    Why aren't we all asking what took the Cary Police so long to let the public know about a guy who is on the loose? They are too busy making quotas set by supervisors to pull over a certain amount of cars I guess....

  • lewiskr45 Apr 15, 2014

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    Who's to say she didn't? Or at least didn't try? Screaming and fighting doesn't always work on a 6'1 200 pound assailant.

  • LetsBeFair Apr 15, 2014

    Tips? are your serious? ... how about this, use the 5 inches between your ears to determine if you are safe ... if you are not, get safe ... at last resort SCREAM and FIGHT.

  • simplelogic Apr 15, 2014

    If it happened at 9am on a Saturday morning in that part of town, no one would suspect a possible attack. Of course it's a good idea to be aware all the time, but on a bright weekend morning in a nice, populated area like that - it's easy to understand how she may not have felt threatened until it was too late. I hope they catch the guy soon.

  • jeansboss Apr 15, 2014

    I really wish she would've been armed. Obviously it would've been better if she would've responded differently. Calling police or driving to a police station but unfortunately, the police can rarely be in the right place to stop a violent crime.

  • Kristin Byrne Apr 15, 2014
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    I read in another article that it was 9 am Saturday morning, and that she reported that a man who had been behind her in traffic followed her home. I just interpret that as she knew he was staying behind her.

    I didn't grow up around here. I grew up right outside of NYC, so I have always had a tendency to be super sensitive to my surroundings. If someone grows up somewhere with a very low crime rate, I can understand how they can let their guard down. So very scary for her.

  • JAT Apr 15, 2014

    she could have noticed him behind her just as they were turning in or something. doesn't say he followed her for miles and miles. and like you, i wouldn't have gone to my house either, but she was only 20 and probably just didn't think he would follow her to her door. if it was daylight (where she could see his eyes), you'd think a scream would have brought people out of the other apartments. if it was night, i wonder how she saw his eyes.