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Police detect striking similarities in five Fayetteville rapes

Posted July 30, 2012
Updated July 31, 2012

— Fayetteville police on Monday released detailed information about a possible connection between five sexual assaults in the Ramsey Street area since 2006.

On July 13, a woman reported being raped in her bedroom around 4:30 a.m. She and another woman were asleep inside the home when a man pried open a window and assaulted her, police said.

"The first week after the most recent assault, we canvassed the area where it occurred, talked with residents and tried to gather information," police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said Monday.

Based on their investigation, police detected a possible link between that assault and four other rapes in the area on Aug. 23, 2006, Feb. 12, 2007, Sept. 18, 2007 and Jan. 26, 2008.

MacRoberts said they have also linked three of the rapes with a peeping tom case in Harnett County.

In each case, the victims described their attacker as a white man in his late 20s to early 30s, standing between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing between 175 and 230 pounds and wearing jeans and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with a Notre Dame or Orange County Choppers logo.

The victims reported that the man smelled dirty, had bad smoker's breath and gave off an odor of car oil. 

Though the attacker used force in each case – placing his hands over the women's faces and making threats against their families or roommates – police say victims described him as being non-aggressive, gentle, soft-spoken and polite.

In each case, investigators believe the rapist stalked his victims, gathering personal information about them before the attack.

"He's methodical," MacRoberts said. Police probe possible link in five Fayettevile rapes Police probe possible link in five Fayettevile rapes

He asked that anyone with information come forward and help investigators.

"History has shown a criminal doesn't operate in a bubble. There's somebody who knows him," MacRoberts said. "We're not going to stop until we make an arrest."

Police are hosting a community crime meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Falls Baptist Church, at 6181 Ramsey St., to answer questions about the investigation.

Earlier this summer, police investigated a string of four rapes in a 10-day span. At least one of those occurred in the Ramsey Street area.

Investigators have said they don't believe the cases are related.


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  • pipsykosis Jul 31, 2012

    Does anyone else think there should be a mandated DNA sample taken from every man, woman,child and every baby born in the US...put them in a data base, so these monsters can be caught? Or is that some kind of violation of human rights?

  • Uhavenoclu Jul 31, 2012

    If he smells like motor oil then he's probably a car mechanic.- highcountry

    Walmart or Jiffy Lube would be the first places to start.

  • Obamacare Jul 31, 2012

    Have they dubbed him the Valvoline rapist yet?

  • Uhavenoclu Jul 31, 2012

    Get off the politically correct junk.the bible says "MANKIND"...Why don't you people get the bible banned?

  • TomLynda Jul 31, 2012


    Get a grip. We are talking about women being raped in this story, so it was only natural I mentioned 'women' instead of 'person'.

  • jwjsdj Jul 31, 2012

    What's the Possibility that the Same Person could've been in and Out of Jail, For Other Infractions, during the Dates the these crimes were committed.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 31, 2012

    If he smells like motor oil then he's probably a car mechanic.- highcountry

    ...Or he drives a piece of junk car that he has to add motor oil to everyday in order to get around.

  • chrisnrali Jul 31, 2012

    " No woman should have to endure it." No PERSON should have to endure it. So much for equality.

  • chrisnrali Jul 31, 2012

    "If he smells like motor oil then he's probably a car mechanic"
    Wow, come up with that one all by yourself? Do you honestly think the cops didn't think of that?
    "car mechanic. I hope they've checked out local body shops"
    Again, wow, what does a mechanic have to do with a body shop? Nothing.
    With all your knowledge and wisdom you must surely work in law enforcement. We should have an arrest by the end of the day.

  • TomLynda Jul 31, 2012

    "police say victims described him as being non-aggressive, gentle, soft-spoken and polite"

    That has me puzzled. How can a rape be 'non-aggressive'? The very act of rape is aggressive, for it is against the victims will. I really believe the police are not using the victims exact words to describe him.

    In any case, these women were raped and the rapist needs to be caught and dealt with. No woman should have to endure it.