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Fayetteville man charged in sexual assault of woman he drove

Posted June 28

Rufus Rakeem Smith, 35, of the 4900 block of Fieldcrest Drive was charged with attempted first-degree rape, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and first-degree kidnapping.
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— A Fayetteville man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an early morning sexual assault.

Rufus Rakeem Smith, 35, of the 4900 block of Fieldcrest Drive was charged with attempted first-degree rape, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and first-degree kidnapping.

Police said that the charges stem from an incident involving smith and a 43-year-old woman in the 1800 block of Tryon Drive.

Authorities said the woman, who did not know Smith, accepted a ride from him. Smith attacked the woman when they arrived at their destination.

Smith was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under $375,000 Tuesday night.

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