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Serial rapist suspected in Cumberland County attacks

Posted January 11, 2010

— Authorities have created a task force to catch a man who has sexually assaulted at least seven Cumberland County women in their homes in recent weeks, Fayetteville police said Monday.

Police said they have investigated several similar burglary-assault cases, including one on a road off Raeford Road and one on Tryon Drive in a different part of the City. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Hope Mills Police Department have each reported one similar incident.

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In each case, a black man, who is at least 5 feet 9 inches tall and has an average build, has broken into an apartment between 10 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. and assaulted a woman who was home alone, police said.

"The suspect, we have confirmed, is the same suspect in all of these cases," Theresa Chance, a spokeswoman for the Fayetteville Police Department, said. "He does not seem to stay in one place. He's traveled all over the city and county."

Chance couldn't say whether the assailant is stalking his victims, such as following them home from work. He has managed to get into some apartments that were locked, Chance said.

Shannon Cudd said that a woman who near her was attacked about three weeks ago by a man who came through her back door.

"She had unlocked the door to let her cat out, and he just busted in," Cudd said. "(He) wanted her money and broke her orbital bone and some ribs."

Cudd said the attack has her shaken and she's started double-bolting her door.

"I don't walk the dog at night anymore, and I limit my trips to the grocery store or anywhere else I need to go after dark," she said.

Chance urged the public to be cautious and to be alert to their surroundings.

"Especially with apartment complexes, people usually know their neighbors. They know cars that are parked in the parking lot. Be aware when you're going out of anybody, anything that looks suspicious," she said.

Police urged people to ensure doors and windows are locked when they go to bed and that they activate an alarm system if they have one. They also recommended keeping a cell phone handy in case of emergency and to call 911 if they notice any suspicious activity.

"We just got to look out for each other, and hopefully, we can get this guy caught," Cudd said.

Anyone with information about the assaults is asked to call Detective J. Rodriguez of the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856.


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  • mariadurden Jan 21, 2010

    Its so easy for all you people to say to have a gun or these women should of had a gun!!!! Maybe just maybe they didnt have a chance to get to thier gun!!!!! you all should really think before you say things. If you havent your self lived through a situation like this then you should keep your should haves to yourselfs!!!

  • bradenhuntermomma Jan 13, 2010

    I am really wondering... It said that one of the attacks was on Fort Brag?! Does that mean that he is military?! I have a really bad feeling. I live in an apartment complex where many women have husbands deployed. Nothing has happened here, yet. But I have a sickening feeling about one of the men that live here. Especially after this has come out. I am concerned as well because my husband does boys night on the weekends and I am home alone, with my three year old son, until quite late.

  • GWALLY Jan 12, 2010

    ..."Need to kept wasp spray at your bed/.."

    Make sure it's NOT the foam type!!!!

  • Annapolisgal Jan 12, 2010

    Hey everyone they must edit these things,,,...because they didn't put mine on,i wrote lastnight.To bad it was the truth.And i say again i have a shotgun and am waiting for the creep to come to my door.

  • erinbsly Jan 12, 2010

    i hope they catch this creep, or that he picks on the wrong girl! and i have to say that when i am home alone i always have a firearm in reach and NO i do NOT open my door for ANY reason when i do not have it handy, even when just checkin on the dog or gettin the mail, day or night (we also have other "weapons" in place throughout the house) i will at least go down fightin. all ya gotta do is read the news to know why. a sad thing but true.......

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 12, 2010

    Great idea about the wasp spray, dukebbfan!

    And, veyor, do you REALLY let the cat in the door with your gun loaded, drawn & safety off?

  • dukebbfan Jan 12, 2010

    Hope they catch this guy real soon. Need to kept wasp spray at your bed/ its better than pepper spray because you can shoot it from a further distance than pepper/mace spray. Could give you just enough time to get away or go lock yourself in a room and call for help.

  • ashleyleanna2006 Jan 12, 2010

    If you go to fayobserver.com they have a sketch of this guy. & there was another attack in Hope Mills NC on Sunday. Thankfully the girl was on a phone when this guy broke into her house & the other person was able to call the cops but of course they didn't catch him....I hope they catch this guy!

  • kairinykolesmom Jan 12, 2010

    I mean really? is this what the cool kids are doing these days?! Its pretty scary to hear about this kinda stuff. especially when there isnt much info given

  • Air Biscuit Jan 12, 2010

    all I have to say, is ladies, get a pump action shotgun...nothing like the sound of "chik-chik" to make a rapist wet his pants...