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Fayetteville police investigating rape

Posted June 11, 2010

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— Fayetteville police are investigating a report of rape that occurred Thursday morning.

A woman told police she was walking in the area around Murchison Road around 7:55 a.m. when a middle-aged black man driving what appeared to a brown Pontiac Grand Am approached her and offered her a ride.

Police said the woman accepted and that the man drove her a few blocks away, pulled a handgun and raped her.

Investigators describe the man as standing about 5 feet 9 inches and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a goatee, had close cropped hair and a tattoo on his right arm.

Law enforcement authorities urge women not to accept rides from strangers and to try to never walk alone. (Read other personal protection tips for women.)

A new policy stipulates that Fayetteville police must notify the general public within 72 hours of the sexual assault of an adult in which the suspect is unknown.

The policy was changed in January in the wake of a series of rapes in Fayetteville and Hope Mills from June 2009 to January. Police did not publicly link the cases until January.

Authorities have not named a suspect in those cases, and police gave no indication that Thursday's report is connected to them.

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  • Mr. Sensible Jun 11, 2010

    DUHHH??? Didn yo momma eva tel you not to hitch no ride whit no strangah.

  • sweet4you Jun 11, 2010

    This is a strange story to me. Why would she accept a ride from a stranger anyways. Smells fishy!

  • hollylama Jun 11, 2010

    She was raped not raped and robbed. If she was a prostitute they surely would have a record on her. Police canvass the Murch all the time. Murchison Road is also where Fayetteville State University is located so she could have been a student.

  • imagerydude Jun 11, 2010

    Everyone who lives in Fayetteville knows that there isn't an inch of sidewalk along "The Murk" that is safe for a woman to be walking alone regardless of the time of day. I'm not saying the victim deserved to be assaulted, but her story doesn't add up and sounds very suspicious.

  • deepntheshadows Jun 11, 2010

    I Am With Ladybug1 On This One. Being The Fayetteville Area There Are Lots Of Women That Walk The Streets Looking To Get Paid For Certain Services. She Probably Didnt Get What She Wanted So She Decided To Cry Rape. I Know That Sounds Mean But, Its Simply Telling The Truth. And That's Exactly How That Comes Across Because MOST Women With Common Sense Would NOT Get Into The Car With Some Random Man For A Ride.

  • Ladybug1 Jun 11, 2010

    Sounds fishy to me. You just don't take a ride from someone you don't know. Wonder if she was "looking to be picked up and then didn't get paid" and cried rape.