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Detectives collect DNA evidence in Raleigh rape

Posted November 9, 2010
Updated November 10, 2010

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— Detectives took hair, saliva and blood samples from Mitchell Dean Morrison, the suspect in a rape in Raleigh last month, according to search warrants released Tuesday.

Morrison, 25, of 4163 N.C. Highway 210 in Smithfield, was indicted Monday on charges of  first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, assault on a female, first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon.

A Raleigh woman told police that she woke up early Oct. 25 to find Morrison standing in her bedroom holding a kitchen knife, the warrant states. The victim said Morrison repeatedly punched and slapped her and forced her to participate in sex acts.

According to the warrant, the victim asked her attacker if she could go to the bathroom and, when he allowed it, she sought help from her roommate and called 911.

The roommate told WRAL News he held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

In his first court appearance, Morrison asked the judge to move him to a mental health facility at the Durham VA Medical Center.

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  • beaker Nov 12, 2010

    Wow...this is a person's worst nightmare...My thoughts go out to this girl and all she had to endure. Horrible

    And people...just because the details of the news report change. (Kitchen knife/steak Knife...which by the way...a steak knife is usually found in the kitchen) that does not mean HER story has changed. And Mugu...wow...why are you so insistant to see the picture of a potential victim of violent crime. Arrests are public record, and this man most likely is a danger to all society...so we have the right to see his picture...so crazy how all these weirdos come out of the woodwork to defend potential rapists and slander the victims of these horrific crimes. Knives, beatings, having to be held a gunpoint...what would it take for you people to think this WASNT somehow the victims fault or that she is lying...her death?

    To the victim and family that most likely see these comments, please believe me when I say that these outlandish comments do not represent the opinions of most o

  • Mugu Nov 10, 2010

    Steve, people like you is why the constitution is worthless nowadays... please crawl back into your hole, troll.

  • orionsteve Nov 9, 2010

    If you are going to post up the name and photo of a rape suspect, you should do the same for the alleged victim.

    We are innocent until proven guilty. Post all names or no names.muguidoit

    Until it happens to you or a loved one, you need to hush, bless your heart.

  • crustyhalo Nov 9, 2010

    hereandnow99..for comparison to what may have been collected from the victim during the standard SBI Collection Kit that is used in rape examinations by FNE,RN or a Doctor

  • wildcat Nov 9, 2010

    photo of a rape suspect,

    No she has the right to not have her name or picture exposed to YOU or the public. He forced his way into her home while she was sleeping and rape her. What if this was you, how would your feel?

  • Mugu Nov 9, 2010

    If you are going to post up the name and photo of a rape suspect, you should do the same for the alleged victim.

    We are innocent until proven guilty. Post all names or no names.

  • wildcat Nov 9, 2010

    People sling their venomous comments and then move on to the next story and sling some more with no regard for people's reputations or feelings of the families.Chauncey

    No one is forcing you be be hear or read the comments. You know what, find a good book on crime and start reading. Ann Rule is a good author. Go to your local library and you will find many book from Rule.

  • wildcat Nov 9, 2010

    "Chauncey- don't forget who all this info is coming from: the news! Never take what they report and believe it's the full truth."

    Then why bother to be hear at all?

  • Justin T. Nov 9, 2010

    "Chauncey- don't forget who all this info is coming from: the news! Never take what they report and believe it's the full truth."

    What's with all the conspiracy theories today? On this one I don't blame the news... just the rapist.

  • wildcat Nov 9, 2010

    Even if the evidence proves he did indeed rape this young lady, I pray the courts "rape" him by giving him 60 years in prison. He invaded her privacy while she was sleeping in her own home.

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