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Cary police search Apex man accused of beating, rape

Posted October 3, 2008

— Cary police took cheek swabs, hair combings and blood samples from a 17-year-old Apex man charged with attacking a Cary couple in their 60s this past weekend, and they photographed him.

In backing up their request for a search warrant, released Friday, police also gave more details about the alleged attack.

Police charged Gavin John Clevesy, 17, of 311 Milky Way Drive, with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree breaking and entering, first-degree kidnapping, assault with intent to kill and simple assault.

He was being held in jail under a $2.5 million bond.

Investigators said Clevesy was intoxicated when he left a party in the MacGregor Downs neighborhood shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday and began knocking on doors.

A couple in their 60s was watching TV at their home on Edinburgh Drive when they heard the doorbell ring, according to the search warrant.

The husband, who is 67, went to the front door and unlocked the deadbolt, police said.

Clevesy "immediately forced entry into the residence" and "assaulted (the husband) to a degree that (the husband) was disabled," according to the search warrant.

Clevesy then assaulted the wife, who is 66, police said. He attempted to sexually assault the woman inside the house, but was unsuccessful, police said.

The husband got up and attempted to defend his wife and himself, police said. The wife ran out of the house as Clevesy attacked the husband a second time in a "more violent nature," according to the search warrant.

Clevesy hit the man over the head with a statue, the warrant said.

The wife fled the house but was unable to find help. Clevesy ran out after her, grabbed her and forcefully took her to a wooded area nearby, police said.

"Clevesy forced (the wife) onto the ground in the wooded area," where he sexually assaulted and raped her, according to the warrant.

Passers-by saw the assault taking place, stopped it and detained Clevesy until police could arrive, police said.

"He's out there raping the girl," a woman told a 911 dispatcher. "More people are gathering around. My husband is hollering at him to get away from her."

Donnie Bass, who lives in Clinton, and Timothy "Dale" Smith and Justin Smith, both of Garland, were headed home from a wedding reception when they witnessed the assault.

“We just did what we would hope anyone would do for our family,” Bass told WRAL News.

"Them intervening helped us greatly in bringing a quick resolution, not only to the two victims but (also) the other people in our community," said Capt. Michael Williams of the Cary Police Department.

The husband and wife were treated at WakeMed and released.

Clevesy's parents declined to comment Monday after their son's first court appearance.

Clevesy pleaded guilty in March to communicating threats against a person in Cleveland County, according to court records. He was placed on probation for 18 months and was ordered to be assessed for anger management, to stay off Cleveland County school property and not to assault, threaten or harass a certain individual.

He also was put on probation in June after being convicted of disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia in Onslow County, according to state records. He has a conviction in Wake County for a hit-and-run accident that damaged property in May 2007.

Clevesy requested a public defender. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 20.


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  • BadPenny Oct 3, 2008

    OMG - what a terrible story, it sends shivers down my back! You would think in Cary you are safe from stuff like this!

    This is exactly why I own a gun! I would have no problem putting a bullet in the head of anyone who forced their way into my house or attacks my family!

    No one is safe any more!

    My heart goes out to the victims and to the people who stopped and helped the wife! I was happy to read that people cared enough to stop and not just drive by and look the other way! At least that makes me feel better the people around here are watching your back!

  • Adelinthe Oct 3, 2008

    "Clevesy's parents declined to comment Monday after their son's first court appearance." at least they didn't say oh no not my son, he's such a nice boy."

    Originally the mother did say that.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 3, 2008

    "Was he a invited guest or did he crash the party?"

    How is that relevant???

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • jimmycrackcorn Oct 3, 2008

    I just don't like stereotypes. If you met me you would find I am far removed from snobby, entitled, head in sand...etc.
    My neighbors are the same way. Just people trying to live a decent life.
    You probably see me zipping around on my sport bike...haha

    But I will not stroke out, in fact I had a physical last week and everything is normal. No high anything...kinda surprised me.

    I just hate criminals preying on people. Anyone attacks me they better plan on getting the beat down of their life unless they incapacitate me with a gunshot to the head or something.

    I had a young man knock on my door one night selling magazines...said he was a prior gang member trying to do good...blah blah blah...he must have seen the anger and suspicion in my eyes because he drew back and asked me not to hit him. I chuckled because I didn't even realize I was throwing off those vibes (glad i was though, keeps em at bay). I ended up buying a subscription to help him out.

  • mmania Oct 3, 2008


    I came here from Atlanta myself so yes I do have an idea of what you speak, but not a viciously as you. I am not however naive. Like danaybanks2 said, I am not complacent and do not let my guard down.

    You really should take a valuium or something, you're going to stroke out.

  • jimmycrackcorn Oct 3, 2008


    HMMMMM did you say something about a soapbox?

    Appears you are on one yourself. You seem to be a little angry.

    Have you ever lived in a violent city yourself? I am angry!

    I have seen kids beaten to inches of their life with baseball bats, I have seen people shot with their lifeblood running out of them, I have seen battered women, I have seen homeless people with their heads smashed in, my best friend when I was 8 was murdered by a mentally disabled 21 year by having his head crushed by a large rock. All of this happened before I was 13.
    I moved to Atlanta and saw a lot of crime there as well with the final straw being me getting carjacked at the end of a sawed off .12 guage.

    I know crime up close and personal. I have smelled the blood.
    And Cary has NONE of that.
    Yes there are still criminals and violence here but I know my daughter will probably not have to witness any of the horrors I did growing up.

  • CestLaVie Oct 3, 2008

    my2cents: you haven't been on these blogs much, have you?

    The comments on this thread are excessively mild compared to dozens of others where you can get hammered in an instant!!! I'm sorry to see that you're still worrying about WRAL sticking to their guidelines. Stick around for awhile.

  • danaybanks2 Oct 3, 2008

    Jimmycrackcorn: I too grew up in a big (bad) city (NY) and my mother had to work 2 jobs so she could send us to private school because the neighborhood was so bad! I grew up during the "crackhead 80s" when people would kill their own families and yours for a hit! Then, I moved to Cary, NC and I find it refreshing to not have to worry about getting bashed in the head while going to the store. Having said that, I still keep my "big city" streets smarts whereever I am. I still lock my door, still look around before getting into my car, still check out the area before I use the ATM! Yes, I'm a little more comfortable in Cary, NC, but I'm not sticking my head in the sand thinking I moved to a Mecca on earth! Crime happens EVERYWHERE and it could happen to ANYONE! And, if everyone helped out like the guys in this story, maybe it might happen a little less. I'll be praying for the victims in this one. I do have 2 questions: Where was this party held and who gave it?

  • mmania Oct 3, 2008


    HMMMMM did you say something about a soapbox?

    Appears you are on one yourself. You seem to be a little angry.

    By the way the man may have been from Apex but the crime was committed in Cary, isn't that right?

  • my2cents_RDU Oct 3, 2008

    I agree that the behavior he exhibits seems to be longterm as he does have a prior record but there is information being posted about this guy that can't be backed up. I'm not sure where some of you are getting your information from since you do not cite your sources. I can only hope that WRAL sticks to enforcing the guidelines for posting to keep this site from becoming a free-for-all.