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Recent Alleged Sexual Assault Has Raleigh Apartment Complex On Alert

Posted July 25, 2004

— Women living at a Southwest Raleigh apartment complex are on alert for a sexual predator.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly broke into an apartment and sexually assaulted a young woman last weekend, not far from North Carolina State University.

The Ivy Chase apartments are just two miles from NCSU's campus. So a lot of students live there. Two young women who live near the victim said they were going to change apartments because they were afraid the suspect will strike again.

Raleigh police went door-to-door at the apartment complex, handing out fliers after last weekend's sexual assault. Detectives said a man broke into a young woman's first-floor apartment early last Saturday morning.

News of the attack has Kate Medl worried about a friend who lives nearby.

"It really scared me because we were at her house, and she lives right next door to where it happened," Medl said. "So we were really freaked out, and I didn't want her staying at her apartment alone for a while."

Two other NCSU students said they were so scared that they are moving from ground level up to the third floor.

Police said Ivy Chase has been very cooperative. The complex offers tenants free alarm systems and bedroom panic buttons.

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