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Suspect sought in sexual assault at Apex park

Posted April 22, 2009
Updated April 24, 2009

— Apex police released a sketch Wednesday of an unknown man accused of sexually assaulting and exposing himself to women at Apex Community Park on Tuesday.

Around 11:30 a.m., the man sexually assaulted a woman on a walking trail, according to police. Before that, he exposed himself to another woman walking around the lake and then ran away, officers said.

Park employees on Wednesday handed out fliers about the crime and a description of the suspect to those along the greenway.

The suspect is a white man in his mid- to late 20s, stands 5 feet 11 inches tall with a slim build, has reddish-brown hair.

Anyone with information should contact the Apex Police Department at 919-362-8661.


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  • jerziegrl Apr 23, 2009

    Just an FYI to women who live in Apex....the Apex Police Dept. offers FREE women's self defense classes at the community center once a month. I have been involved in the program for a while and it is fabulous! You can get information by calling the community center or going online. The program is run by 3 of the officers and teaches basic self defense that is easy to recall in stressfull situations.

    I often run alone along the greenways and feel much better about it knowing that I could put up a good fight now. I can't tell you how great this program is and that it is well worth your time.

  • Made In USA Apr 22, 2009

    They need to install some hidden security cameras around that lake aiming at the trail. If you get a picture of him, he will stand a better chance of getting caught.

  • djcnty8 Apr 22, 2009

    I went by the park about 3:15 pm and saw that Apex Police Department patroling the parking lot and on the trails.

  • bradh2 Apr 22, 2009

    Simply "feeling threatened" especially by some flasher in a park in Apex does not give you the right to kill them.

    According to statute, you can shoot if you are in fear of imminent death, sexual assault or serious bodily harm.

  • Jeremiah Apr 22, 2009

    panthers254, you spew inaccurate generalizing stereotypes. do you think it would have made one bit of difference in this instance if people could carry guns freely? no, i doubt this lady jogging would have been strapped. however, it might have been easier for the criminal to get a gun, since they'd be everywhere.

    and by the way, i have a few guns myself.

  • jprime Apr 22, 2009


    I hope you would be prepared to face murder charges. Shooting someone about to stab/shoot/mortally inure you, along with evidence to support the case, is grounds for lethal self defense.

    Simply "feeling threatened" especially by some flasher in a park in Apex does not give you the right to kill them.

  • panthers254 Apr 22, 2009

    i think it would be great if we lived in a world where there were no need for guns. that would be awesome. as it is now, we are not even close to being there. if liberals hated criminals half as much as they hated law abiding tax paying gun owning citizens, the world would be a better place. i wish that my daughter and my wife could walk in a park safely with no worry of being attacked.... but that surely isnt the case in these days and times.

  • Cricket at the lake Apr 22, 2009

    good picture, do they have him yet? 200 lbs of dogs go everywhere with me and we have the great equalizers at home.

  • psm5000 Apr 22, 2009


    You imply that developers are to blame for increased population, resulting in higher crime(?) Seems so. But stop to consider that developers don't move into an area and start building randomly. Developers FOLLOW JOB GROWTH. It takes a lot of money to move into a market & set up shop. Before they go anywhere, before they clear a single tree, they spend big bucks researching job growth and then move accordingly. When I moved here over 20 years ago, it was for a job--not b/c I was chasing my dream home. Sure I needed housing, but I needed employment FIRST AND FOREMOST. People seek jobs or to be near family with good jobs. They don't come b/c someone built a new subdivision! Geez! Perhaps you should point the finger at the technology, medical, & banking industries for CREATING THE NEED for so much housing to lodge their employees. Let's get the cart BEHIND the horse, not in front of it, as so many have regarding this issue.

  • panthers254 Apr 22, 2009

    well, we could all hope to live in that utopia where firearms wouldnt even be necessary. and really, it should be a last resort. but the reality is, even in cary or apex, there are some bad people around who get their kicks out of attacking women and children. yep, even in cary or apex. and as long as that is the case, we, the general public, should retain the right to be able to protect ourselves against these creeps.
    to give up our defenses, will only encourage creeps like this to attack again. all you hippies and gun grabbers listen up, i have worked with inmates for the last 19 years and i have seen the worst that society has to offer. i know all too well why people lock their doors at night. stop living in a fantasy world. there really is a boogie man, and i think he lives somewhere around cary or apex. watch out.