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Raleigh police might know accused attacker's ID

Posted July 10, 2009

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— Raleigh police said Friday they might have identified the man who is accused of choking and punching women in the Glenwood Avenue and Millbrook Road area.

"It is believed that the suspect in the photos has been identified as a result of the media coverage of these incidents," police spokesman Jim Sughrue wrote in an e-mail around 10 a.m. Friday. "Follow-up investigative work is on-going, and additional information will be provided as it becomes available."

Police said they believe the man in the surveillance photos is responsible for assaulting two women and attempting to assault a third along a short section of the Glenwood Avenue corridor.

The women were not seriously injured and told police they did not recognize the man.

The first reported attack happened around 7:15 a.m. on June 16. A woman told police she was walking in the parking lot of a shopping area in the 6500 block of Glenwood Avenue when a man grabbed her from behind, forced her to the ground and punched her.

After assaulting her, the man walked away, she told police.

The second attack happened around 10 a.m. on June 19. A woman was waiting to use a drive-up ATM in the 3500 block of W. Millbrook Road when a man approached her vehicle and attempted to assault her by reaching through her partially opened window. 

The woman shut the window and drove away without being injured, police said. The man drove away in a light-colored, late model Chevrolet Impala and the woman called police.

The third attack happened around 9 a.m. on June 22. A woman was at a car wash in the 4200 block of Pleasant Valley Road when a man approached her from behind and began to choke her, she told police.

The woman was able to escape and call police. The man walked away from the scene, she said.

In each case, the suspect was described as a black man. Due to the circumstances of the incidents, it was difficult for the women to estimate the man's height, police said. They described him as having a slender to medium build.

Anyone who has information that might assist the investigation is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve cases.


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  • shortcake53 Jul 10, 2009

    they got him!! it was just on the news

  • Nancy Jul 10, 2009

    "We know that we USED to be able to leave our doors unlocked when Raleigh was just a sleepy, little capital city, not the transplant mecca that it has become. As I have told many disgruntled northerners, I95 goes back north also, and if ya don't like it here, feel free to go back where ya came from!"

    Ahhh, a charming southern personality.

  • somey Jul 10, 2009

    Wonder if this is a hate crime? I am sure our good friends at WRAL will not be looking into this further.

  • concerncitizen Jul 10, 2009

    shardenning, there they get the picture?

  • Professor Jul 10, 2009

    "MIGHT" is not saying much. Oh, its not gang related. Crime is rampant in ALL races.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jul 10, 2009

    Sounds gang related to me... initiation type stuff...

  • dugmeister Jul 10, 2009

    This whole 'north' vs. 'south' thing is just plain moronic in 2009. I just consider the source and figure they just need a smoke break.

  • PaulRevere Jul 10, 2009

    Gee, I wonder how they know who he is? Prior record, anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

  • shardenning Jul 10, 2009

    i know for fact this guy has been caught and arrested...was calling in to tell of whereabouts and crimestoppers told me they have him!

  • Blue Shirt Jul 10, 2009

    The Media can really help Police when they publish pics of suspects; somebody has to teach kids right from wrong; my 77 year old Father said that is what is wrong with our society today.