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Fayetteville woman, left on side of road after traffic stop, claims she was assaulted

Posted November 10, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014

— A sexual assault and carjacking was reported Sunday after the victim was stopped by a Fayetteville police officer, authorities said Monday. The assault occurred after the officer left the area, police said.

The woman, who is in her 50s, was stopped on the 2400 block of Murchison Road for not having a valid driver's license. Unable to drive, the woman was offered a ride by the officer but declined, police said.

After the officer left, a man approached the woman, forced her away from the road at gunpoint and assaulted her, police said.

The man is described as light-skinned, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, medium build with a burgundy hooded sweatshirt and armed with a silver handgun.

The suspect also took the woman's vehicle, described as a 1996 black Honda Accord, N.C. registration CKC-2756. The vehicle has damage to the hood, police said.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact Fayetteville Police Det. J. Benazzi at 910-257-3668 or CrimeStoppers, which pays cash for anonymous tips leading to arrest in felony cases, at 910-483-8477. Tips can also be submitted through an anonymous online tip form or text 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).


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  • beth123 Nov 11, 2014

    It saddens me how much victim blaming is occurring in the comments. Does it matter WHY she didn't accept a ride home or WHY she didn't check her phone first? Does it matter the area? Do sexual assaults only occur in bad areas? Doe it matter why her license wasn't valid? We don't know the whole story and we know that the news doesn't ever report these stories correctly or in their entirety, so why are we judging and blaming? How about a few comments about how brave this woman was to have survived and reported the crime after she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint? How about a few well wishes to her for healing and justice, as these will likely be battles she faces for a long time? How about a few messages condemning the perpetrator for the harm and trauma he inflicted on this woman? Nothing makes it ok for someone to sexually assault her at gunpoint then steal her car.

  • wral_viewer Nov 11, 2014

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    That seems like there would still have to been a reason to even check a plate right? There's no mention why she was pulled or checked to begin with. In my house, there are several licensed drivers that drive cars registered to me.

  • Chase Truman Nov 11, 2014
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    Probably ran the license plate ahead of time and saw that the owner had a suspended license.

  • Daniel Jones Nov 11, 2014
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    There is no such thing as "protective custody" for an adult who is not a danger to themselves.

  • btneast Nov 11, 2014

    And tell me...what is a "Mandatory Evacuation?" Because what you apparently think it is and what it actually is are two different thingsCorrect. Mandatory evacuation does not mean they can "make" you leave an area. They are not obligated to come get you later if you defy a mandatory evacuation, but police cannot make you leave your home.

  • Mannin Black Nov 11, 2014
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    Even if a warning was issued, that won't stop the next cop from stopping her and follow proper procedures for driving without a license.

  • Alexia Proper Nov 11, 2014
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    Yeah, I think most can agree with that.

  • Edward Anderson Nov 11, 2014
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    "stopped on the 2400 block of Murchison Road for not having a valid driver's license" How did the cop know she didn't have a valid driver's license before he stopped her? Shouldn't it say she was pulled over for an infraction (speeding, failure to stop, etc.,) whereupon it was discovered she did not have a valid license?

  • Tom Smith Nov 11, 2014
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    f#$k wral and their libtard censorship.

  • gunmonkey Nov 11, 2014

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    I agree. It does not say rape anywhere in this article