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Suspect charged in Raleigh assault; police probe two others

Posted July 10, 2009

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— Police investigating three assaults on women in the Glenwood Avenue area of Raleigh have charged a man in connection with one of the crimes.

Billy Coleman Cates, 21, of 6149 Bushmills St., faces one count of assault on a female in connection with a June 19 attack at a Wachovia ATM, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

A woman told police that waiting to use the drive-up ATM in the 3500 block of W. Millbrook Road on June 19 when a man approached her vehicle and attempted to assault her 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.

Two other similar assaults occurred in the same area within days, and Sughrue said investigators are continuing to look into those cases. Police believe those attacks were committed by someone else, not Cates.

Late Friday, police released surveillance video of a suspect wanted in connection with a June 16 assault at Townridge Shopping Plaza in the 6500 block of Glenwood Avenue. The victim told police a man grabbed her from behind at about 7:15 a.m., forced her to the ground and punched her.

The other attack happened around 9 a.m. on June 22. A woman was at a Sparkling Clean 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. She was able to escape.

In each of those cases, the assailant walked away from the scene, police 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.

Police ask that anyone who has information that might assist in investigation 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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  • whatelseisnew Jul 10, 2009

    I really think the police should be going around and probing people.

  • AtALost Jul 10, 2009

    If possible, I avoid ATMs unless it's prime time and the bank is open. You can buy a pack of gum and get cash back at the grocery store so unless you need more than $50, that's another option.

  • mproctor2 Jul 10, 2009

    another role model...........

  • dougalu Jul 10, 2009

    When they catch the perp, he'll be on probation. Whatya wanna bet???

  • m123 Jul 10, 2009

    I guess it's kind of hard to obtain a great description when some guy is beating you in the face. And anyway, he was black. Makes no difference to me - black or while he's still a bad apple.

  • 37 Jul 10, 2009

    "In each case, the suspect was described as a black man." Oh... THAT guy. Be on the lookout for... a man.