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Raleigh woman recounts break-in, sex assault

Posted May 25, 2010
Updated May 26, 2010

— A Raleigh man was charged Monday with breaking into a woman's apartment and sexually assaulting her, police said.

Antonio Maurice Dickens, 29, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree sexual offense. He was being held Tuesday in the Wake County jail under a $208,300 bond, pending an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

The alleged crimes occurred early last Friday at an apartment on Holston Lane. Freda Vines said she felt someone touching her and awoke to find a strange man in her bedroom.

"There was a man beside my bed, squatted down, hoping I would not notice him,” Vines said.

WRAL News usually doesn't identify sex assault victims, but Vines agreed to speak about her case.

She said she screamed, and her boyfriend chased the man away from the house.

"He got out of there so fast. He got out of the apartment quick,” Vines said.

Authorities said fingerprints inside the home led them to Dickens.

Dickens has a criminal recording dating to 1999 and previous convictions including larceny, breaking and entering, assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female and assault on a government employee, according to state Department of Correction records.

Vines said that, despite Dickens' arrest, she doesn't feel safe anymore.

"I couldn't help but cry because I was so scared," she said.


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  • sweet4you May 26, 2010

    This is a very strange story. Need more details

  • NCAries May 26, 2010

    @ wcumom

    Freda Vines said she felt someone touching her and awoke to find a strange man in her bedroom.

  • NCAries May 26, 2010

    Amazing how people will give politicians chance after chance to rape them of their money, kill their family members in wars but a person that commits a crime however minor gets no chance to become productive because they committed a crime. Even those that re-educate themselves and do all that they can to put it behind them are forever labeled and forever marginalized and then you wonder why they went back to crime...for some, it's called survival. This country is morally bankrupt...now it's suffering the consequences.

  • NCAries May 26, 2010

    In MY world, there are some people no matter WHAT you do for them you can't Rehabiliate, Teach, or Re-program them for anything and it's a waste of TIME, MONEY, and RESOURSES!!!

    That's even more true when you send them back into society with the same problems they had, no hope of landing a job due to lack of skill or because they have a criminal record, and they are expected to pay probation supervision fees or go back to jail/prison...formula for reoffending...but that's the way it is.

  • wu May 26, 2010

    Thats why we sleep with a 44mag right next to the bed!!

  • down by the pond May 26, 2010

    this seems a little sideways to me...i am hoping some of the relevant details were left out ,,, a man squatting beside the bed, touching her, then "chased off" by boyfriend,,, guess i need to consult the statutes for definition of this sex crime,,, so next time someone squats beside me at the grocery store and touches my leg,, i will know

  • kmichael May 26, 2010

    That's why I sleep with one eye open and a 9mm strapped to my headboard.

  • lumberman May 26, 2010

    If we get lucky maybe the next home and it will be one hopefully the home owner will be armed and take care of the problem. It appears that the courts can't fix this problem.

  • TeresaBee May 26, 2010

    The woman was interviewed last night and she said she felt someone touching her and at first she thought it was her boyfriend then she realized her boyfriend was sleeping. She then sees this guy squatting by her bed.

    What amazes me was there were two other people in the house and this creep did not care.

  • kmichael May 26, 2010

    I agree with WCUMOM, we're on to something baby