Garner man charged in NC State sex assault
Posted May 5, 2013
Updated May 10, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The suspect in a sexual assault of a student near North Carolina State University's Free Expression Tunnel last month turned himself in at the Wake County jail Sunday afternoon, police said.
Marlon Clayton Miller, 21, of 120 Johnson St., Garner, faces one count each of second-degree forcible sex offense, first-degree kidnapping and communicating threats in the April 25 attack.
He was placed in jail under a $752,000 bond and is due in court Monday.
Miller is not a student at N.C. State, police said.
According to investigators, the victim said she was leaving D.H. Hill Library around 4 a.m. when a man, later identified by police as Miller, pushed her from behind into some bushes and assaulted her. An arrest warrant alleges that Miller told the victim that if she screamed, he would kill her.
The attack was the first of several reported in the past two weeks, including one Sunday morning when a student said he was robbed by two men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts in the southern-most parking lot of the Avent Ferry Technology Center on Avent Ferry Road.
The student told police he was walking shortly before 2 a.m. when the men punched him in the face, stole his money and fled in a dark sedan last seen headed south on Avent Ferry Road.
On Wednesday, a student also reported being approached by a man who put his arm around her and tried talking to her. She sprayed him with pepper spray and ran away.
Both of those cases remain under investigation. Police planned to set up two checkpoints Sunday night near the site of the armed robbery to hand out fliers and elicit tips from the public.
Raleigh police were also investigating a report from last Saturday night in which a student said he was robbed at knifepoint, but a department spokesman said that investigators can't be sure it happened.
Although police have increased patrols on campus for the rest of the semester, they have urged students to be more vigilant and aware of their surroundings, walk along well-lit pathways and never walk alone at night.
The university also offers the Safety Escort Program, which runs 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly.
Students said the crimes have shaken their sense of security on campus.
"During exam week, there's so many people walking back so late from the library," said student Laura Dowling. "It's so scary to think the same place I walked a couple hours before that happened at."
Oksana Nechitailo said she was glad to see an arrest in the case.
"He's the reason a lot of women don't feel safe," she said. "The second I got the text from Wolf Alert, I couldn't sleep. I was freaked out."