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Suspected Serial Rapist Now Behind Bars

Posted October 29, 1998

— The Alamance County Sheriff's Department may have put an end to a reign of terror by arresting a man they believe could be a serial rapist who struck in several local areas.

The rapes in Durham and Orange County are strikingly similar, police say. All involve break-ins and elderly victims. Suspect Kenny Smith allegedly used similar words while speaking to the victims, as well.

Cpl. Fran Borden of the Durham Police elaborates. "His entry into the houses of these women and also some of the mannerisms and things that he has said is very similar in all cases. So right now everyone is waiting to compare DNA forensic evidence, and we'll take it from there."

Authorities say it's possible Smith is a serial rapist, but they're being careful to take this one case at a time.

In Durham, police think Smith is responsible for a series of rapes in a quiet west Durham neighborhood. Residents have been on edge since August, when two women were attacked in their homes, nine days apart.

Many jurisdictions want the suspect, so Durham is waiting in line. The potential rape charges stretch from Alamance to Durham to Danville, Virginia. But no matter where he is, police say right now at least he's off the street.

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