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Fayetteville police working to identify sex assault suspect from 2011

Posted April 17

Victims have worked with detectives to compose a sketch of the suspect, who is described as a black man with a medium to dark skin tone between 25 and 35 years old with a medium build who stands between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. Photos from Fayetteville Police Department.

— Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department are working to identify a suspect who is believed to be tied to an unsolved sexual assault case from 2011.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. on October 25 at a convenience store located in the 6000 block of Yadkin Road. During the course of the robbery, the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and stole money and merchandise. Before leaving the store, the suspect took a female victim into the back room and sexually assaulted her. The suspect then left the store in a dark colored Chevy Corsica or Pontiac Grand Am, heading on Fillyaw Road towards Reilly Road, police said.

Victims have worked with detectives to compose a sketch of the suspect, who is described as a black man with a medium to dark skin tone between 25 and 35 years old with a medium build who stands between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall.

During the incident, the suspect wore dark colored jeans and a dark cap. He also wore a black jacket with the word "baller" written across the back.

Suspect jacket

Anyone who recognizes the description or photos or anyone with information concerning this sexual assault investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Benazzi with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-257-3668 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

The investigation is part of the Fayetteville Police Department's effort to solve several cold case sexual assault investigations in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. So far, the department has solved 21 cases in the last two years.

Anyone with information concerning a sexual assault case more than five years old is also asked to contact Detective Benazzi.

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  • Rod Runner Apr 17, 10:12 a.m.
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    I hope he's still wearing the beanie since 2011 or we might not be able to identify him.