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Handyman Accused of Rape Held on Bond

Posted April 14, 1997

— A handyman charged with the sexual assault of an elderly Rocky Mount woman is being held on $1 million bond. Police believe Danny O'Neal knew the victim.

He had worked for the 69-year-old victim prior to this past weekend's assault. Richardson allegedly raped and beat the woman in her home Saturday, before dumping her in a wooded area.

The crime has others in the area on edge. Neighbor Wade Boyette says no one feels safe.

The victim is expected to recover physically.


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