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Man charged in Raleigh rape

Posted October 17, 2008
Updated October 18, 2008

— Raleigh police have arrested a man they suspect raped an 18-year-old woman in an alley early Friday.

Police arrested Roderic Anthony Smith, 32, and charged him with second-degree forcible rape, second-degree forcible sex offense, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree trespassing.

The 18-year-old woman was walking along Hillsborough Street near Pogue Street when an assailant confronted her around 3:30 a.m., officers said. The man forced her into an alley and raped her, authorities said.

Smith matched the victim's description of her assailant, and officers had spotted him in the general area of the crime scene earlier. The Special Victim's Unit obtained warrants against him, and an officer located him later that day.

Smith was in jail under a $501,000 secured bond Saturday morning. His first court appearance was set for 2 p.m. Monday.

Smith has been convicted previously of misdemeanor indecent exposure and assault on a female in Wake County, according to state Department of Correction records.

He was sentenced to probation for both crimes but served three months in prison for violating his probation for indecent exposure by assaulting a public officer and/or a state employee.

DOC records show that Smith was released from prison in September after serving nine months for attempted common-law robbery.


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  • ccs1920 Oct 17, 2008

    NCDC records show he was released from prison on Sept 16, 2008 for attempted robbery. Only got nine months when sentenced. Also shows several other arrest since 2001. Maybe if found guilty of this rape he will receive at least ten months from out great court system.

  • UNC81 Oct 17, 2008

    What? How is this second degree? There's nothing in this case that indicates anything other than first degree on all counts.

  • ccs1920 Oct 17, 2008

    I've seen him hanging out on Western Blvd. near the Kent Road projects. I agree with asbrown, he does seem to have some mental problems.

  • Just the facts mam Oct 17, 2008

    Looks like he is already familiar with our justice system - assuming he is guilty, sounds like he needs to be locked up - feel very sorry for the victim - how many victims does there need to be before our justice system keeps him behind bars and not let him running the streets creating more victims?


  • downtownbrown Oct 17, 2008

    This guy walked into my house when I used to live over near Hillsborough St. I happened to be sitting in the living room, but I am pretty sure he was trying to rob me. I used to see him all the time walking around that area. I think he has some serious mental issues or a drug problem.

  • gcpowell Oct 17, 2008

    Not that it makes the offense any better or worse, but anyone know if she was a student? Pogue Street is directly across the street from NCSU's library...