Local News

Fort Bragg soldier charged with burglaries, sexual assault

Posted February 1, 2010
Updated February 2, 2010

— Army investigators said Monday that they have charged Fort Bragg Spc. Aaron Michael Pernell with two burglaries and a sexual assault that occurred on the post.

Pernell, 22, of 500 Regency Drive in Fayetteville, is an indirect fire infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. His alleged crimes took place in December in the Ste. Mere Eglise neighborhood, authorities said.

Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (Army CID) said they are working "very closely" with the Fayetteville Police Department in the case.

Police in Fayetteville are investigating a series of recent burglaries and sexual assaults.

Six women in Fayetteville and a seventh in Hope Mills reported sexually assaults since late June. In each case, the victim said a man who broke the home – usually an apartment – late at night while they were alone, according to police reports. In an eighth case, a burglar tried to sexually assault a Fayetteville woman before fleeing.

Pernell, 22, has not been charged in any of the reported sexual attacks in Fayetteville, authorities said.

According to CID, Pernell entered the Army in March 2006. The Tulsa, Okla., native completed his initial entry training at Fort Benning, Ga.

CID is asking anyone with additional information related to the case to call 910-391-3542 or the Military Police at 910-396-0392.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • thought Feb 2, 2010

    From what I heard- he is a person of interest. He fits the scetches of some of the victims. I agree it is scary a person like this defending our country. Maybe they can deploy him and let the real men and women of our country set him straight.

  • oldrebel Feb 2, 2010

    Parts of this story strike me as odd...The soldier has been charged with sexual assaults and burglaries that happened on post, and yet even though he has not been charged in the off post crimes that stretched from Fayetteville to Hope Mills...the story brought that investigation into the report.

    Is this soldier considered involved in the off post crimes? If not why make mention of it. If he is a person of interest, then the mention of the off post crimes wold make sense.

  • Granny Feb 2, 2010

    Isn't it wonderful that we have people like this defending our country??? Doesn't anyone have honor and respect anymore??