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Authorities search for links in unsolved Fayetteville sex assaults

Posted July 19, 2010

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— Police are investigating a sexual assault that was reported early Saturday at an apartment complex near Morganton and Westlake roads to determine if it's linked to other sexual assaults in the Fayetteville area.

A 38-year-old woman reported that a man forced his way into her apartment in the Morganton Crest complex at about 12:50 a.m. as she slept and then sexually assaulted her.

Police said the woman tried to get a look at her attacker, but the man covered her face. After he left, she went to another apartment and called 911.

"She came to the apartment, like, really freaked out, and I was freaked out too, so I called 911 and everything," resident Cierra Bowen said.

Morganton Crest apartment complex in Fayetteville Fayetteville police investigate weekend rape

The woman was treated at a local hospital and released.

Police said they don't know if the attack is connected to a July 6 incident that occurred about two miles away. In that case, a man kicked open the door to an apartment in the Brittany Place complex in the Montclair neighborhood and raped the woman inside. The assailant in that case also covered the victim's face.

There was no word on whether either incident is linked to a string of burglaries and sexual assaults reported in Fayetteville and Hope Mills between June 2009 and January. In each of those cases, a man broke into an apartment late at night and sexually assaulted a woman.

"At the present time, of course, it's too early to tell," said Dan Grubb, spokesman for the Fayetteville Police Department. "Our task force will absolutely look at a link there and see if there is a tie."

In some of the cases, the attacker stole money or jewelry from his victims. Police said the woman in Saturday's attack had something stolen from her apartment, but they declined to be more specific.

The Morganton Crest complex has no fencing or gates, although several other apartment complexes nearby do.

"Even though there's one way in and one way out, they should be gated or have security in the front," Bowen said.

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  • thepeopleschamp Jul 19, 2010

    "I can't imagine feeling safe at all when Fayetteville police are doing a sorry job of catching this guy. It seems every time I hear of a rape case, it happened in Fayetteville. Is the rapist that smart that he has fooled police for this long?????? Seriously, do you guys need help catching him?" estrauch

    By all means please school us, estrauch. Exactly what is it you would do to solve this that the police are not doing??? Can't wait to hear this.

  • cocker_mom Jul 19, 2010

    Something - air horn, etc. Self Defense Products has a personal alarm - 130 decibels for $10. And you can convert it to a door or window alarm.. Might be cheap insurance for folks in Fayetteville. I know I'd have about 80......

  • devilblue Jul 19, 2010

    I hope he comes across the wrong person at the right time and she is waiting and ready to blow him away!!!

  • sweet4you Jul 19, 2010

    Alright women in Fayetteville wake up and smell the coffee. You have a serial rapist on the loose don't let your guard down. Stay alert and use common sense. I just don't understnd how this dude is breaking down doors and no one see or hear him doing it. This is quite strange to me. Do you know how much noise breaking down a door makes? I'm confused

  • estrauch Jul 19, 2010

    I am sooooo glad I don't live in Fayetteville. I can't imagine feeling safe at all when Fayetteville police are doing a sorry job of catching this guy. It seems every time I hear of a rape case, it happened in Fayetteville. Is the rapist that smart that he has fooled police for this long?????? Seriously, do you guys need help catching him?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 19, 2010

    Guaranteed that this case will get much more media coverage than the murders in Rocky Mount. In RM, the victims were involved in illicit affairs. They weren't asking for it. But they definitely put themselves at risk by being involved in seedy affairs. The Fayetteville victims are most likely average people living a fairly innocent life. They didn't neccessarily put themselves at risk, other than possibly leave a door or window unlocked. And I don't believe that's been stated yet. Once Fayetteville police know the scope of this rapist, it will make national headlines and probably will be featured on cop shows.

  • poohpdoo2002 Jul 19, 2010

    Sounds like the serial rapist is back at it.

  • ratherbnnc Jul 19, 2010

    Another suggestion, keep a can of wasp spray beside your bed. Spray it in their eyes...Guaranteed they cant see you and they cant go anywhere until help arrives. Those cans have a reach of 20 feet.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 19, 2010

    I hope they find out who done this & I hope she holds her head up. It isn't her fault, & I hope the law don't make her feel that way.

  • B.T.D.B Jul 19, 2010

    another idea for people with a panic button on there key chain for there car. Keep it by your bedside while you sleep, if you hear something in your home let it blare! Most panic buttons will work around the house. Hope they catch this guy!

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