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Sketch of man sought in Fayetteville rape released

Posted June 18, 2012

— Police on Monday released a sketch of a man sought in a sexual assault in Fayetteville two weeks ago.

A 58-year-old woman was crossing the parking lot of the Department of Social Services office on Ramsey Street at about 5 a.m. on June 3 when a man approached her, asked for a cigarette and offered her a ride in his car, police said.

When the woman got in the car, the man pulled out a knife. She told police she tried to fight him off and run away, but he chased her down and raped her.

After the assault, the man got into his car, a newer model, four-door sedan that was burgundy or dark blue, and drove off, police said.

The man was described as black, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and 180 pounds. He had short hair, long but neatly trimmed sideburns and a goatee and was wearing a white tank top, light-colored jeans and a black bandanna.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the sketch or who has information about the case is asked to call detectives at 910-433-1352 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

The attack was the first of four rapes in Fayetteville in a 10-day span. Police have made one arrest and have released a sketch of a suspect in a second. Investigators have said they don't believe any of the incidents are connected.

Police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said the department is examining crime trends and working closely with neighborhood watch groups, but he wouldn't comment on whether more officers would be placed on patrol.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 25, 11:00 a.m.

    @muggs said, "these people just don't start criminal acts out of the blue."

    What people? Bandana wearers? Tank top wearers? People driving sedans?

    Explain yourself, please.

  • Fireflies Rock Jun 19, 11:35 a.m.

    It's a shame she made a bad choice and got into a stranger's car, but let's not blame the victim here. Each of us finds ourselves in harms way during our lifetime; the fact that there are such predators out there that we cannot trust people is unfortunate. He could just have easily chased her down if she didn't get in the car too; you don't think a young man would have caught a 58 year old woman running? Let's keep the snarky ignorant comments to a minimum.

  • muggs Jun 18, 5:32 p.m.

    I would imagine if they get DNA it will come up with a match to someone who has a record,these people just don't start criminal acts out of the blue.

  • storchheim Jun 18, 4:41 p.m.

    passport423, thanks for standing up. That's why even if you castrate a rapist, you don't remove the threat. You now have an insanely enraged man who will use an object and probably not care whether he kills at that point.

    Oh, and funny boys: men can be raped too. Would you advise them to relax and enjoy it?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 18, 4:24 p.m.

    Dangerous place for a woman to be alone at 5am. I hope they catch him quickly.

  • ritamccoy Jun 18, 4:22 p.m.

    My mama taught me not to take rides from strangers.

  • passport423 Jun 18, 4:18 p.m.

    BD, EPMW: I see commenters are hitting new lows. I thought everyone knew by now that rape is not about sex. It's about control and power.

  • Gnathostomata Jun 18, 4:15 p.m.

    Uhavenoclu...did you think before you posted that comment? Age has nothing to do with this catagory of crime. It is a power play, a chance to dominate and subject another person to be humiliated. Some very elderly women can attest to this. It is a very sick crime that needs harsher punishment, because the perpetrator will do this over and over.

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 18, 3:13 p.m.

    By the look of the pic and her age..The police are not the ones who should be looking for him.But the insane asylum.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jun 18, 12:40 p.m.

    There are a list of rules my kids were taught....the same ones my momma taught me------Don't talk to strangers, don't pick up strangers and don't go anywhere with strangers. DUH !

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