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Fayetteville man surrenders in connection with sexual assault

Posted May 30, 2011
Updated June 1, 2011

— A man wanted in connection with a beating and sexual assault outside Fayetteville over the weekend surrendered to authorities Monday, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators believe that Michael Anthony Lee, 24, of 419 Vanstory St. in Fayetteville, broke into the woman's home around 6 a.m. Saturday, cut her hair and attacked her. She managed to escape two hours later and called authorities, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.

Tanna said in an email Monday afternoon that Lee was still being processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

According to state Department of Correction records, he has 18 convictions dating to 2003, including three counts of simple assault, breaking and entering, trespassing and communicating threats.

He was released from jail in January and placed on probation in March for traffic offenses.


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  • gpcatgirl Jun 3, 2011

    He needs to be put in jail and not let out. It shows that being in jail in the past hasn't helped him at all when he comes out doing the same things he did when he was put in there. So just leave him there so we all out here will be safe.

  • PTParks May 31, 2011

    This guy is the poster child for the revolving door justice system we have today. There should be a class action suit brought by the citizens of NC against the Judges and DA's that allowed this piece of scum to run loose and continuously endanger other people at will. One of these days he will run into someone that refuses to put up with his threats and puts a bullet in his head. Of course, all the bleeding hearts will accuse the citizen that stood up for himself of overreacting, while wringing their hands over the tragic loss of such a poor, misguided, abused, neglected, victim of the mean streets. We're the victims here; of a justice system that let him get away with so much in the past without levying the punishment he deserved.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 31, 2011

    Ambygirl, this guy has tattoos on his face. A cross between his eyes and a dollar sign on the tip of his nose. (Was Charles Manson his idol?)

    I've read that 25% of the population is mentally ill enough to warrant medication. For prisoners (or guys with a rap sheet like this guy), it's probably double. For homeless folks, I've heard it's 40%.

  • Ambygirl May 31, 2011

    no hereandnow, he's just mean. But you know, one of these ambulance chasing attorneys will probably get him on on being mentally ill some how.......

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 31, 2011

    He attacked her AND cut her hair? And, he exhibits nearly constant anti-social behavior? It sounds like this man is mentally ill.

  • Rebelyell55 May 31, 2011

    Can't afford to keep him in Jail. Put em to work on a farm and make em pay for being in Jail. Also, cut out pay for criminal. Not a dime for any reason.

  • tewc May 31, 2011

    Big Time Loser - if he ever has any aspirations other than be a lifelong criminal he would not have tattoo's ON HIS FACE!!!!
    I am sure his mother is very proud.

  • kjackson47 May 31, 2011

    This guy is 24 and has 18 convictions! Wow!
    With People like this guy is the reason I stay away from fayetteville.
    is there any good news that comes out of fayetteville?

  • YNCSW51 May 31, 2011

    airbornemonty well said

  • danunger May 31, 2011

    18 PRIORS! Well, well, well, thanks to our justice system and Kudos to the ambulance chaser lawyers that keep putting this menace back on the street, we appreciate all you do for society. Lets see, Charles Bronson did a series of movies about how to deal with this disease.