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Fayetteville police charge man in 2001 sex assault, robbery

Posted February 12

Bruce Tyrone Chisolm
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— Fayetteville police on Friday arrested and charged a 53-year-old man in connection with a 2001 sexual assault that occurred in the area of Gillespie Street and Campbell Avenue.

Bruce Tyrone Chisolm is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, first-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation and common law robbery. He was taken into custody in New Hanover County.

According to investigators, Chisolm forced himself inside the vehicle of the victim on June 6, 2001, when she was stopped at a red light. Chisolm then forced the woman to drive to desolate area, where he sexually assaulted and robbed her, police said.

Fayetteville police had previously inactivated the case after failing to make an arrest, but it was reopened recently by the department's Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit. After more follow-up investigation, Chisolm was identified as a suspect. Authorities said DNA evidence linked him to the crime.

Chisolm was in the New Hanover County jail Friday under a $300,000 secured bond.

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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 12, 2016
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    Glad to see that after 15 years, the victim will have some justice. He probably thought he was scott-free on the assault, but the DNA don't lie. Kudos to the Fayetteville Police department, good work!