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Suspect sketch released in Fayetteville sex assault

Posted June 22, 2010

— Police on Tuesday released a composite sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a Fayetteville woman last week and looking into at least two other homes.

Early Monday, a woman on Bear Creek Circle was attacked after a man knocked on her door and pulled her outside when she answered, police said.

The incident followed one in which a man tried to grab a 16-year-old girl from another Bear Creek Circle home. The girl was in the kitchen at about 2 a.m. when she heard someone jiggling the handle to the front door and then tapping on a back window, her stepmother said Tuesday.

"That's when she went to the back door, and she opened it maybe 3 or 4 inches, and the guy tried to grab her arm, tried to pull her out the door," said the stepmother, who didn't want to be identified. "We woke up to her screaming."

The girl wasn't hurt, and her screams scared off the man, who jumped a fence and ran off. Police arrived a few minutes later.

"As soon as we walked out, we heard the screams like four or five houses down, and he unfortunately got another girl," the teen's stepmother said.

Bear Creek Circle in Fayetteville Man terrorizes Fayetteville neighborhood

Investigators believe the same man tried to get into a woman's house on nearby Winnabow Drive on June 5, said Dan Grubb, spokesman for the Fayetteville Police Department.

Last Friday, police went door to door in the neighborhood to urge residents to remain vigilant.

"This person is brazen enough to go out there and not only repeat the crime but to escalate it a little bit with the sexual assault," Grubb said.

Investigators don't believe the man is linked to a series of burglaries and rapes in Fayetteville and Hope Mills between last June and January, Grubb said.  Still, the sketch of the Bear Creek Circle suspect and the suspected serial rapist both depict a man with a tight-fitting black cap.

"All of us are scared now. We don't ever feel safe in our own homes, even with the door locked," the teen's stepmother said.


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  • abrcromben Jun 23, 2010

    He also looks like the same guy that killed the pregnant woman a few years back...

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 22, 2010

    Black? White? Hispanic? Is it not permissible these days to note this?

  • meBNme Jun 22, 2010


    You need to become a regular GOLO poster!

    We need more people with a level head, real world experience and some common sense!

  • UPTOP Jun 22, 2010

    Let's be real about this !! WHY would you open the door at that time of morning ? What was she thinking ? She's truly lucky this guy was scared off that easily. Mom, you need to talk to your 16 year old about opening doors for strangers !!

  • maryelizabethteller Jun 22, 2010

    I actually lived in this neighborhood about 4 years ago and felt very very safe, even when my husband was deployed. However, as both a female and a cop I have to say that no one should ever open the door to someone if they do not know who it is or if it is dark out and can not see the person!!! Personally I would not even go to the door without a handgun in one hand and the phone in the other! Hope they catch this person soon.

  • Adelinthe Jun 22, 2010

    This guy's turning dangerous.

    Praying they catch him quick, before he really hurts someone.

    God bless.


  • djofraleigh Jun 22, 2010

    I guess from the drawing and description that it is a man, maybe Asian, in his twenties???? No height, no weight, no age, no race, no dialect, no clue. Put a reward out. He's going to hurt someone.

  • meBNme Jun 22, 2010

    Never go to the door to answer an unexpected knock without your trusty handgun. Always look to see who it is before opening, install a wide angle peephole if you have to, but dont just open the door.