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Home invasion report is 3rd break-in on Raleigh street

Posted March 7, 2016
Updated March 8, 2016

— Along Glade Aster Court on Monday, parents were cautioning children and worried for their own safety after a 17-year-old girl was found naked and bound with duct tape inside her home.

The girl told emergency dispatchers that she tried to hide in a bathroom when two men she didn't recognize broke into her home with a gun. She tearfully described how the men found her, hit her over the head and raped her.

The teen's stepfather said he didn't see signs of forced entry, but it appeared someone had tried to disconnect his television. Nothing was stolen.

WRAL News is not naming the family to protect the girl's identity as a victim of sexual assault.

The incident Sunday is the third report of a break-in on that street so far this year, according to police records.

The girl's mother got a text Sunday just before 3:30 p.m. that said, "i am in the closet help." The mother said her daughter used voice-to-text technology to communicate.

“It’s horrifying," the mother said. "They took her clothes, and she’s in the closet. Nobody ever wants to walk in on their child like that. The tape was everywhere so I took the tape off and got her off the floor.”

The stepfather said there were no signs of forced entry and nothing was stolen from the home.

A woman who lives nearby said Monday she asked her granddaughter to be extra careful walking to the bus stop and to call once she was on board.

Police said the girl described the men as white and in their early to mid-20s, one tall with long, curly hair wearing a red hirt with a Dr. Pepper logo and the other a short man in a gray shirt.

They asked that anyone with information call law enforcement immediately.


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  • Russell Chapman Mar 8, 2016
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    Geez, you're right. We should be careful just in case the teenage victim checks out the comment section of the story about her. Good looking out.

  • Kristin Byrne Mar 8, 2016
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    The other night, the cops reported that a sexual report didn't happen, and now I haven't heard a statement from them either way. They've also said that no one in the neighborhood has to worry. Their reasoning? Because nothing like that has ever happened in that neighborhood before. That doesn't make any sense at all.

    There are a lot of holes to this story, and this being a public forum, people are going to speculate. I'm not saying something didn't happen, but from what's been reported, the story doesn't add up. How does an inconsistent story help anyone in this situation?

  • Mary Meadows Mar 7, 2016
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    If you go to the link Kristin provided it clearly states that her mouth was duct taped but she Facetimed her girlfriend. I'm sorry but 1+1 does not equal 4. The facts given by the teenager simply don't compute. Her own stepfather said it was weird. It also states she said the men found her and then tried to force her to unplug the TV? They couldn't unplug it themselves? Oh, and they didn't even take the TV. If the story is true then shas my sympathy. If it is not true, she still has my sympathy as she would be in need of mental health assistance.

  • Rebecca Caldwell Mar 7, 2016
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    Since we're talking about a child that the police are telling us was sexually assaulted, perhaps the adults on this site should keep their suspicions about this event to themselves? The police are investigating - your opinion about the validity of her story won't contribute anything, and can cause real harm to her emotionally.

  • Janet Ghumri Mar 7, 2016
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    Naked, raped, duct taped to a chair and in a coat closet (not a walk-in closet), and they didn't notice her phone close enough for her to voice command it? She could have called 911 through voice command, also, right?
    And it seems almost like they are down playing the rape, which is much, much worse than burglars that don't steal anything, and become rapists on the spot.
    These guys need to be caught, and if they are escalating the whole area needs to be concerned.
    I am glad she's okay, but I really hope she didn't make any of this up. Sounds like she still has some 'splaning to do.

  • H Lee Dawson Mar 7, 2016
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    The story was about this being the third break him where's the story part about the other breakins strangely omitted. The girl could have said simply hey Siri send a text and given the message but I'm wondering why did she have the phone in the closet?

  • Kristin Byrne Mar 7, 2016
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    I guess you missed the part about it being reported elsewhere.


  • Mike McAteer Mar 7, 2016
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    Wral is withholding the name of family, they posted the address yesterday. Nicely done.

  • Michelle Bella Mar 7, 2016
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    So they broke in to steal the TV ...instead they decide to rape her and take nothing. Just curious is too how she was not only able to get her phone but use it via voice or regular text while she's FACE DOWN AND TIED TO A CHAIR. No forced entry....no danger to anyone else. Uhhh yea police know something we don't.

  • Tron Carter Mar 7, 2016
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    Not for nothing but nowhere in the article does it say her mouth was duct taped.