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Fayetteville police find car that was stolen after sexual assault

Posted November 11, 2014

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— Police said Tuesday that they found the stolen car of a woman who reported being sexually assaulted at gunpoint while walking along a Fayetteville road Sunday evening.

The victim, whom investigators said is in her 50s, was walking with her dog along the 2400 block of Murchison Road around 6:30 p.m. when a man carrying a silver handgun approached her, forced her into a nearby field and assaulted her, Chief Harold Medlock said.

The man then took the woman's 1997 black Honda Accord, which had been parked in a nearby parking lot.

Medlock said investigators found the car, stripped of all valuables, on Interstate 95 near Exit 70, just south of Dunn.

Sunday's attack happened shortly after a police officer stopped the woman for an invalid driver's license and told her she could not drive her car home.

Medlock said the officer offered the woman a ride but that she declined, saying she would make other plans. After the officer left, she realized her cellphone was dead and started walking to her home, about a half-mile away.

That is when, she reported, she encountered the man.

Fayetteville police are working on a composite sketch of the man and are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact the police department at 910-257-3668 or call Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • Combat MP Nov 12, 2014

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    You must be kidding? I don't think too many police impersonators will own a Charger painted like a Fayetteville Police cruiser.

  • LoveMyLab Nov 12, 2014

    Actually it sounds like an attempt to build a civil lawsuit against the police (negligence perhaps?) is happening...

  • Kathy Sanders Nov 11, 2014
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    "Medlock said the officer offered the woman a ride but that she declined, saying she would make other plans. After the officer left, she realized her cellphone was dead and started walking to her home, about a half-mile away."

    Of course Fayetteville Police have not heard about officer impersonators who have stopped women and assaulted them. Perhaps the woman who was stopped turned the "officer" down on the ride because she didn't believe he was really an officer.

  • Paul Donovan Nov 11, 2014
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    So, they run this story on the news and leave out the fact that she was offered a ride by the officer. They make it sound like the officer just left her out there in the dark. Disgraceful WRAL !

  • a-moment-of-truth Nov 11, 2014

    They don't even have to run your plate. U can just drive by them and they have an automated reader. Look it up. It's true.

  • Daniel Jones Nov 11, 2014
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    This may come as a shock, but the police have the ability to check if you have a drivers license before they stop you.

  • 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 rapes only occur in "sketchy areas?" And maybe the rapist asked about a car or, if I were being raped at gunpoint, I would likely offer my car or purse and beg to be left alive. We don't know the whole story and we know that the news doesn't ever report the news correctly or in its 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 raped 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 rapist for the harm and trauma he inflicted on this woman?

  • tri123 Nov 11, 2014

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    I was thinking the same thing. Also, if you have a phone and could call a friend, would you really just leave your car by the road? Most people can't afford to lose their car. (and someone being a little discombobulated after an interaction with the police and not realizing it had gone dead is totally reasonable)

    It was 6:30PM. Her choices were not unreasonable. The fact that she was victimized does not retroactively make her stupid.

  • btneast Nov 11, 2014

    I'm sorry, but a good cop (of which there are unfortunately not many of these days) would have forced her to take a ride home or should have allowed her to drive her car home, with the cop following or at least sit there until someone picks her up Sorry, but a cop cannot make anyone get in their car, short of arresting them. If he had allowed her to drive home and she caused an accident with death or injury, he could have been liable. I think there is more to this story than is being told.....

  • Heather Brittingham Nov 11, 2014
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    I wonder if the police officer told her he would give her a ride but that the dog had to stay in the car, and that's why she declined. That's the only reason I could figure why she might not be willing to get a ride from him/her. I know I wouldn't leave my dogs behind if that was what I was told.