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Chapel Hill Police Seek Assailant in Attempted Rape

Posted February 21, 2007

— Chapel Hill police are looking for a man wanted in connection with an attempted rape and sexual assault.

The victim, a Chapel Hill woman in her 50s, reported that she was walking on Umstead Drive near Bradley Road at about 10:15 p.m. Monday when an assailant grabbed her from behind and wrestled her into a wooded area.

Police said the man took her bag, which contained personal items, and ran off.

The assailant is described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, who is about 6 feet tall with a slender build. He has short hair and no facial hair.

Anyone with information about the crime should call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or CrimeStoppers at 919-942-7515.

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  • Tarheeljunior Feb 21, 2007

    Yeah, WRAL has been pretty misleading this week with headlines. If there is more to the story that leads the police and reporters to think it was attempted rape, then that should be included in the article in order to back up the claim the headline makes. Shoddy newswriting WRAL.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Feb 21, 2007

    By being GOOD I meant that it was more than just a smiley face. That's why I said I hope it leads to the RIGHT person....

  • redwarrior Feb 21, 2007

    lol.. how do you know the composite is good? You will only know if the person is caught and his face is compared to the composite...and if you do your research, there is more to the story that the WRAL reported didn't report.

  • the original Milky Feb 21, 2007

    nursevb8 - Rape is against the law. Do you feel safer now?
    If you want safety, carry a gun. Laws stop tax evaders not rapists.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Feb 21, 2007

    I'm confused too, where is the attempted rape part?
    But the composit is very good. Hope it leads to the right person.

  • latanya512 Feb 21, 2007

    I am with the last three responders. Seems funny. Remember the Tanya Brawley case in NY and I am not saying this girl in Durham wasn't raped but the guy had no record, no pass doing anything of the sort. Seems funny. You see stuff like this on court tv everynight.

  • WhatIsaid Feb 21, 2007

    I thought the same thing. When did the sexual assault come into play? There has to be more to this than what was reported by the media. At the same time I'm not down playing being mugged. I'm glad she's okay because it could have been worse.

  • Notinitforthemoney Feb 21, 2007

    Sounds like a robbery not a rape from the way the story is written. I say we need better writers at WRAL.com . If someone goes into a store and wrestles the clerk to the ground and takes the register is that an attempted rape?

  • happyday Feb 21, 2007

    hmmm looks kind of like the guy accused in the Duke case doesn't it? Makes me think something's fishy here. and what leads the victim to determine it was an attempted rape? he drug you into a wooded area and mugged you, if he wanted to rape you, he would have. As for the Duke case, I think sometimes when 18 year old girls get drunk and do things at party's they wouldn't do without their liquid courage they cry rape and make it harder for the real victims to get justice. That's why the legal drinking age isn't 18, if you can't drink responsibly and LEGALLY, don't drink.

  • Lulli Feb 21, 2007

    Looks like we will have to elect more women in politics to get rid of this problem! I think we should castrate all men who sexually assault females! It works for animals, maybe it will deter them from having these urges and behaving like animals! The court system is too lacks-a-daisal in dealing with these cases.