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Police: Sex Offender Attacked Elderly Women

Posted September 5, 2007

— A convicted sex offender faces charges of assaulting two elderly women in a Wendell home, police said Wednesday.

Bobby Marcellus Frazier, 60, was charged Tuesday with attempted second-degree forcible rape, kidnapping, felonious breaking and entering and two counts of assault on a female. He was held in the Wake County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Frazier had walked away from a group home at 552 Industrial Drive in Wendell Tuesday morning, Wendell Police Chief J.A. Privette said in a statement. Police did not disclose why he was in the home.

Police responding to a 911 call found that a house had been broken into and that a 92-year-old woman and a 78-year-old woman had been assaulted, Privette said. The assailant also tried to rape one of the women, he said.

The 911 tape chronicles the horror two elderly women went through in their home.

“I need help bad,” the woman caller said. “I have my helper in the foyer and a man is standing over her. Please come quick … Please, please hurry.”

Frazier was still in the house when officers arrived, Privette said.

“This is a terrible tragedy that could have been much worse if not for the quick thinking on the part of one of the victims to call 911 and request assistance,” he said.

The caller on the line was the 92-year-old woman. Her helper, who police said was being attacked by Frazier, is 78 years old. She suffered what police described as substantial injuries.

“Obviously, [she has] facial injuries. She’s hurt,” Privette said.

According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Frazier served six years in prison for a 1986 attempted rape case in Wayne County.

A WRAL reporter went to the group home to talk to someone about Frazier and the accusations against him, but no one answered the door.

Carlton Royster lives about a block away. He said his neighborhood is filled with families with children. Royster said based on what he heard happened, Frazier is better off in jail than in his neighborhood.

“I’m very alarmed,” he said. “Taking advantage of old people that way, he should be in jail.”

Privette said the 92-year-old woman having the presence of mind to call 911 kept a terrible situation from getting worse.

Privette also put in a call to the Department of Health of Human Services that oversees group homes, he said. Privette said he wants the one Frazier walked away from checked out to see if it is meeting state standards.


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  • RIP- Yogi Bear Sep 6, 2007

    I don't know what is worse. Molesting kids or sexually abusing the elderly. I have kids and I have one grandparent alive and she is 95. Either way these acts are dispicable. I hope the only light this guy sees the rest of his life is a small amount that goes through a 5x7 cell.

  • uncalumni02 Sep 6, 2007

    Glad they caught the scum!!

  • haggis basher Sep 6, 2007

    Poor Ladies. I don't think he will be out again.
    Its a sad fact, sex crimes are the one type that tends to increase with age of the criminal. These folks need to be kept a very close eye on.......

  • Adelinthe Sep 6, 2007

    Why are sex offenders in group homes? Do these group homes have the wherewithal to administer therapy and surveil their tenants?

    Praying for the victims.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • strolling bones Sep 6, 2007

    I bet they let him out to give the cell to a pothead...amazing....

  • Professor Studley Sep 6, 2007

    "To think they ran a story about sending the elderly home to die instead of making them die in prison. 60 years old and still raping, how sick is that. Ill be happy if I can walk by myself when Im 60." --ca4sp3r


    Goes to show, what my partner says about the prison system is true... prison is not for rehabilitation, it is up to the inmate to change his/herself. Sad.

    "This man deserves the stiffest penalty the law will allow for him to have. Our children are not safe and our elderly are in danger as well." --Geisha Girl


    True... so very true...

  • PikeMom Sep 6, 2007

    There are group homes like the one in this story all over the state that contain violent and mentally disturbed criminals . These people belong in institutions and jails not in our neighborhoods.

    I agree,get them out of neighborhoods now! I don't give a hoot "if they react" better when in a public setting.It's not OUR problem to help these crazy folks.Then again I guess someone has made it OUR problem!!!

  • gentrytwin2 Sep 6, 2007

    That's the screwed up Justice System of NC! This idiot should have remained in jail! Lock him up and throw the key away!

  • Rocknhorse Sep 6, 2007

    When I read this article, my only thought was, oh my gosh, what if something like this happened to MY grandmother!

    This man is an animal and deserves to be treated like the worst case of a rabid dog who attacked someone! He needs to be put out of OUR misery before he has a chance to hurt someone else!

    I'm very proud of the 92 year lady! She showed a lot of strength, courage and independent ability by making that phone call! Good for her! I hope she and the other lady will recover from this!

  • dragonslayer Sep 6, 2007

    There are group homes like the one in this story all over the state that contain violent and mentally disturbed criminals . These people belong in institutions and jails not in our neighborhoods.