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Man charged in NCSU assault

Posted May 2, 2014

— Police on Friday charged a man they said confessed to an early morning assault at North Carolina State University.

Ryan McNeil Jr., 21, is charged with sexual battery, a misdemeanor, and felony identity theft.

NCSU police Maj. David Kelly said McNeil was taken into custody just before noon after he was found on a bus in front of the Raleigh Convention Center.

Kelly said the suspect gave officers a fake name and age — Deearl Creech, 36 — but his identity was determined when he was booked at the Wake County Detention Center.

Earlier in the day, campus police distributed a surveillance photo and asked for the public's help in identifying a man wanted for assaulting a student who was walking near the Free Expression Tunnel on main campus.

According to investigators, the man approached a female student from behind at about 7 a.m. Friday and touched her in a sexual way. After the assault, he fled the area on foot and was last seen near Polk and Harrelson halls. 

There was no weapon used during the incident.

"It's very concerning to us," Kelly said. "Certainly, we want to be able to provide for a very safe environment for all of our faculty, students and staff, as well as any of the visitors that come here. Any time we have an incident like this, we take it seriously."

Student Megan Askew said she feels safe on campus.

"You can always get someone to come pick you up late at night if you're walking back from exams," she said. "So I never really felt unsafe, and I'm usually walking with people."

Taylor Kennedy said she always takes precautions.'

"I have pepper spray and a phone," she said.

McNeil was held on a $27,500 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.


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  • 3renee2010 May 5, 2014

    Before yall go all crazy make sure you have the facts correct. Whoever posted his "wrap sheet" make sure you have it right. Thats not his. Its his father. His name is Ryan Jr and he only has one charge on his record

  • jaecee452 May 2, 2014

    This is what happens when cynical and self righteous people make comments and opinions about people they have no ideal about someone else. Before you start making blanket statements about someone make sure the facts are correct.

  • JAT May 2, 2014

    only a man would give an age that's older than he really is!

  • amdriver12 May 2, 2014

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    As a student that received the NCSU alert, I can tell you NCSU PD included race in the description.

  • Kristin Byrne May 2, 2014
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    And you DO realize the original post was before the article was updated to reflect that he gave a false name at first, right?

  • Backtothemountains May 2, 2014

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    I wish they had a like button here. You are awesome in my book!

  • Super Hans May 2, 2014

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    No, I'm not serious. Sheesh.

  • Ginger Lynn May 2, 2014
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    WOW! I take it back! Everything I said about Mr. Creech. Ryan McNeil gave his name when he was arrested. I am sorry Mr. Creech. You would think they would have his name right before they release it to reporters!

  • Backtothemountains May 2, 2014

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    You DO realize that is the name he originally gave them and NOT his real name, right?

  • ycbs May 2, 2014

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    Are you serious? Most criminals have committed many more crimes than they actually get caught for, especially ones as experienced as this guy.