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Fayetteville sex assault could be linked to previous cases

Posted July 13, 2012

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— Police said a man who sexually assaulted a Fayetteville woman early Friday could be linked to as many as four other sexual assaults in the area in the past four years.

A man broke into a unit in the King's Grant Condominiums complex on Bubble Creek Court, off Ramsey Street in north Fayetteville, at about 4:30 a.m. by prying open a window, police said. He assaulted one of two women inside before fleeing.

The woman who was attacked provided police with a vague description of her assailant, but it was enough for investigators to say that he could be linked to four other unsolved assaults in the area since 2008.

Lt. Tracey Bass-Caine said all of the previous attacks have occurred in the King’s Grant complex, with the last one reported on Jan. 8.

"The only similarities we see at this time is that it's a white male, the female victims were sexually assaulted and they occurred in the Ramsey street area. Those are the only similarities at this time," Bass-Caine said.

None of the four cases was linked to a 2010 investigation of a suspected serial rapist in Fayetteville, police said.

Seven women were raped or sexually assaulted between June 2009 and January 2010. All of those women lived in apartments or condominiums, and they were alone when a man broke into their homes between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., police said.

Fayetteville police and surrounding law enforcement agencies created a task force to investigate the cases, but they never made an arrest. Although investigators released a sketch of a man wanted in the attacks, police said they were never sure whether any of the cases were linked.

Still, public concern over the possibility of a serial rapist led Fayetteville officials to order the police department to change its policy on publicizing sexual assaults. Now, the department must notify the public within 72 hours of an assault if the assailant is unknown.

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The task force was disbanded in September 2010 after the Fayetteville Police Department created a Special Victims Unit to handle sex assault cases.

Police went door to door Friday to alert area residents to the latest attack.

Becky Laing, 25, who has lived in King's Grant for two years, said the news has her on edge.

"I'm nervous because I just had a baby. So, I just went out and bought some pepper spray, actually," Laing said, adding that she also bought some spray for her sister, who lives in the same building.

One of the earlier assaults occurred in the building where they live.

"It's still a pretty nice area. I don't consider moving," she said. "We just make sure our doors are locked, and I feel safer now that the police are more aware and that they're around here monitoring everything."

Anyone with information about Friday's assault is asked to call SVU detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

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  • highcountry Jul 16, 2012

    When I lived alone I had wasp spray, a stun gun, and a fork.... you can do a lot of damage with a fork. Still didn't prevent some creep from looking in my window, off of Ramsey street of course!! That area is just dangerous. By the time the police got there he had run off!! And only because I was so scared of him breaking in and killing me that I ran out at him.

  • kermit60 Jul 16, 2012

    What was the other women doing? Was the break in and assault so quiet that she did not know it was happening? Most women are more than capable of protecting themselves from this type individual. They just need to get pro active and take simple steps. Relying on the police is not the answer unless you consider your copy of the report an answer.

  • jofferding Jul 13, 2012

    Hope they catch him quick.

  • nanasix Jul 13, 2012

    Women should start putting sticks in the upper portion of the window to prevent anyone from raising it while they sleep. Any woman living alone should always keep some kind of protection close to her, under the pillow or in the car. Wasp spray works great, buys you time to break free, and could save your life. Go buy you a gun and take target practice, get a concealed carry permit, take self defense classes, do whatever you have to do to protect yourself always.

  • Eightball Jul 13, 2012

    "The woman provided police with a vague description of her assailant, but it was enough for investigators to say that he could be linked to four other assaults"...So it was enough, but guess not enough for it to be provided here. Might be that the description is so much the same as so many others seen here that it takes no imagination to fill in the blanks yourself... As said below, "I'm going to venture a guess" is probably 99% spot on.

  • SFSOLDIER Jul 13, 2012

    One of Fayetteville's finest fo' sure.

  • Obamanation Jul 13, 2012

    I agree Heavenly. Women in Fayetteville, shoot him before he shoots you.

  • jwjsdj Jul 13, 2012

    The Problem is Police response and No Leadership! "IF" they Respond, Minimum take a hour and a Half, Again if they Show up! But you can see several hours at a time sitting in Parking lots having conversation with each other!

  • dontstopnow Jul 13, 2012

    Well sounds like some of the ladies down in Fayeteville need to get a handgun and carry permit or at least have a loaded clip in their apartment. Sure would be nice to read he was shot while commiting the crime instead of knowing he is still on the street!

  • Pink01 Jul 13, 2012

    The police really need to step it up - this is the same area where the soldier Kelly Bordeaux went missing. I would advise all ladies to get to packing and move from that area quickly.....

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