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Woman Attacked Along Fayetteville Nature Trail

Posted February 7, 2008

— Police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault in the northern part of the city – the same area in which they believe three rapes are linked.

Authorities said they were unsure whether the attack that happened Tuesday was related to the rapes.

Police said the victim was walking along the Cape Fear River Trail near Rivercliffe Road when a man attempted to assault her. She was able to escape and call for help.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the assailant is the same man they believe is responsible for three rapes in the North Ramsey Street area since 2006.

In each of those cases, police said, the assailant watched his victims and knew their routines and schedules.

That man is described as a white or Hispanic man with close-cut or shaven dark hair in his early 20s to early 30s. He stands 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall, is of an average to medium build and is slightly athletic and muscular.

The only description police have of the assailant in Tuesday's case is that he is skinny.

Authorities have said women should remain alert and urge them to use precaution. Read police safety tips.

Anyone with information regarding any of these assaults should contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856.

Police said the trail is normally safe with two officers on patrol full-time and emergency call boxes about every half-mile. Crews were putting up warning signs in the area Thursday.

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  • nisa-pizza Feb 8, 2008

    I can understand being in a panic and not being able to give an accurate description if you are being attacked but
    there's a 7 inch difference in height according to this. I hope they can get more info to clarify this soon.

  • lovecarolinagutters Feb 8, 2008

    Just yesterday I was watching a video about new parks and walking trails in Fayetteville. They are to be located around Rowan St, Murchison Rd, and Hillsboro Rd. Gee, what a grand idea...not. This is some of the roughest parts of Fayetteville. I think the good folks in Fayetteville are living a pipe dream. They need to reduce crime and drug activity in these areas before even considering luring good, honest, hard working people to these areas.

  • Air Biscuit Feb 8, 2008

    I don't understand why Fayetteville dressed up a crime-ridden area with a nice, tempting nature trail.

    I am a 6'5" 220 lb male, and I would not walk on this trail in the daylight alone without a gun or a baseball bat. The Cape Fear river trail winds through wooded areas, along the Cape Fear river, and other areas. It is mainly is eastern and northern Fayetteville...an area loaded with druggies and derelicts...

    I'm sorry that this woman was attacked. Fayetteville needs to learn that you can't put a nice, landscaped band-aid on crime...you have to go zero-tolerance first, and then put in a nice trail.

  • BUCKEYEnNC Feb 8, 2008

    likemenow:

    Here's the problem with a concealed weapons permit. There is a sign posted that forbids weapons on the trail.

    The question is this; If a woman shoots a rapist in self-defense on said trail, would she be prosecuted? I doubt it!

  • floriduhschoolboy Feb 8, 2008

    All I can say is "Glock"....don't leave home without it. Shoot at center mass, and don't stop squeezing until you hear clicking instead of banging.

  • G-Dawg Feb 8, 2008

    "That man is described as a white or Hispanic man with close-cut or shaven dark hair in his early 20s to early 30s. He stands 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall, is of an average to medium build and is slightly athletic and muscular."

    Boy, that narrowed it down. I'll be on the lookout.

  • likemenow Feb 8, 2008

    RE:"BTW-Are the cops patrolling in uniform or exercise clothing. May be good to "bait" the area."...No kidding/Great idea

  • Adelinthe Feb 8, 2008

    No one should ever do this alone. I know we like our solitude during certain times, but there is true evil in this world.

    Let's always try to partner with some kind of buddy, and if you don't want to carry a weapon, take an air horn canister along. It will often startle enough to distract, and tear gas will do the rest so you can get away.

    Praying for her and her loved ones. Praying the cops get the perp.

    BTW-Are the cops patrolling in uniform or exercise clothing. May be good to "bait" the area.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • skinnycow Feb 8, 2008

    This makes me more and more paranoid about going out to Lake Johnson alone..it is not safe, where can one go that is a protected area to excercise without going in the gym on the days that are too nice to stay inside? Any suggestions? I guess I need to get some mace..or something..

  • likemenow Feb 8, 2008

    Little advice to women who insist there is no danger in being in an isolated area alone..: Concealed-carry permit

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