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Accused Kidnapper Could Face More Charges in Wilmington

Posted June 29, 2007

— A man charged in a recent string of rapes, robberies and kidnappings in Raleigh was ordered held under a $4.8 million bond Friday and could face additional charges in Wilmington.

Raleigh police arrested Omar Cortez Sharpe, 26, of Wilmington, Thursday afternoon at Tower Shopping Center off New Bern Avenue. He is charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree kidnapping, four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of robbery in connection with crimes that began with an abduction in Wilmington on June 16.

Sharpe, who winked and waved for television cameras hours after his arrest, was quiet in court and could barely be heard asking for a public defender. The judge informed him that he could spend the rest of his life in prison for the crimes of which he is accused of committing.

Investigators believe he kidnapped a woman from Wilmington, brought her to Raleigh and raped her in a wooded area near Bonneville Court.

A week later, Sharpe allegedly kidnapped a woman from her apartment on Hylton Drive and raped her near Green Road Park.

This week, two women reported similar incidents in which a man, identified as Sharpe, kidnapped them in shopping centers and forced them to withdraw money twice from ATMs.

The latest such incident happened Wednesday night at about 9 p.m. when Sharpe allegedly hid inside a sport utility vehicle while a woman and her 5-year-old daughter were inside the Pizza Hut at Tower Shopping Center.

"The crimes took place over a 12-day span," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. "They weren't linked together from the beginning. All that took a lot of work from different law enforcement agencies," including the Wilmington Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service.

Sharpe has a long criminal background that dates back nine years, having been convicted of assaulting a female, assault with a deadly weapon and larceny.

A number of charges are also pending in Wilmington, and police investigators there will be looking at other open cases to see if he is implicated in any of them, police department spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said.

"The Raleigh cases broaden the scope of what to look," Crockett said in an e-mail to WRAL. "For example, the fact that he did several robberies there that didn't include sexual assaults would lead us to look at additional cases here that we might not have considered before."


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  • jcrew1979 Jun 30, 2007

    I'm sure his attorney will say let him free by reason or insanity, troubled childhood or the whole "the voices made me do it" mess. Execute him now. I don't want my taxes to pay one dime of his jail time.

  • jcrew1979 Jun 30, 2007

    This guy should be the target at a shooting range. What a sick mofo.

  • Supie Jun 30, 2007

    I just read all 274 posts (didn't see the fake milky's post.. must have been taken off ? or did i miss it ) anyway, this story brings out so many emotions in people... in me, i feel so deeply deeply grateful to the police officers who risk their lives every day to help keep me and all of us safe. May you be blessed.

  • www.CaryYardSales.com Jun 30, 2007

    Deerslayer....you are a riot!!! "Let's see him wink when he drops the soap..."

  • deerslayer Jun 30, 2007

    He is going to look awful pretty in a pink bow and panties..Have a nice life in the happy hotel...

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  • deerslayer Jun 30, 2007

    Let's see him wink when he drops the soap...

  • wcnc Jun 30, 2007

    guardian956-- once you are 16, all your charges show on your record. You are considered an adult in the justice system, can be arrested like an adult and you are no longer tried in Juvenile Court. It would make no sense to only have felonies show up.

  • vette212 Jun 30, 2007

    was quiet in court and could barely be heard asking for a public defender.

    He is a Coward.

  • vette212 Jun 30, 2007

    These are the type of people that do not deserve to be among the living.

    Sick of thugs, Im with you. When we going for that ride?