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Durham sex offender charged in home invasion

Posted September 7, 2010
Updated September 9, 2010

— A registered sex offender from Durham County was arrested Monday and charged with a weekend home invasion in Person County in which two women were forced to engage in sex acts, authorities said Tuesday.

Alfred Douala Mangabell, 29, of 1815 Vale St. in Durham, was charged with first-degree burglary with forced entry, kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault with sexual intent. He was being held Tuesday in the Person County jail under a $1 million bond.

A masked man broke into a Timberlake home at about 5 a.m. Sunday and demanded money from the two women inside, Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said. The women said they didn't have any money but offered the man a diamond ring, which he refused.

The man then forced the two women at gunpoint to engage in sex acts with each other, Jones said. An arrest report noted that the man also fondled the women. After about 40 minutes, the man fled, the women told investigators.

A 6-year-old who was in the home at the time was unhurt, Jones said.

"First case like this I've had to deal with in 23 years," he said.

Timberlake sign Timberlake stunned by home invasion

Timberlake resident Rorie Reaves said the whole community feels violated by the crime. She said she had left her windows open Saturday night

"When I heard, I was in shock. I was in fear. It made me want to go get my gun out," Reaves said. "I feel terrible for (the women). I can't even imagine what they're going through."

The women provided a description of their assailant to Person County deputies, who collected evidence that pointed to Mangabell as the suspect in the case.

"They really didn't get a good look at the face, but there was a very distinctive accent," Jones said, noting that Mangabell is originally from Africa.

Deputies seized a camera during a search of Mangabell's home, according to a search warrant. The camera had been stolen from the Timberlake home and had been used to photograph the assault, the warrant states.

Jones said Mangabell used to live in in the Timberlake community, so he had opportunities to see the women in the area. The women didn't know him, Jones said.

Mangabell, who also uses the name Alfred Manga Bell, was convicted in February of sexual battery, attempted secret peeping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a May 2009 incident in Bahama, according to the state Department of Correction records. He was placed on probation for 18 months.

Jones said he's been in contact with authorities in Mebane to see if Mangabell is linked to a similar case there.


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  • nccarterfamily Sep 17, 2010

    We all were ready to testify and do what needed to be done but its hard when the people that are suppose to be fighting for you fight against you to lighten their case load...

  • smithr5 Sep 9, 2010

    My family was ready to testify. The DA discouraged it and wanted the plea bargain. We weren't given the opportunity to testify. Unless you know something that I don't.

  • jusmyopnyun Sep 8, 2010

    Sexual deviants are akin to the Eveready rabbit commercial on t.v.They keep on (offending) without stopping,without regard to the courts,laws,or consequences.Keep them locked up or put in the boneyard are the only way the public is safe from this sociopath,IMO.

  • liltarheelmommy Sep 8, 2010

    It really helps to convict someone when the victims of the crime actually show up to testify. Maybe if this had happened in the first case, this wouldn't have happened to someone else.

  • didisaythat Sep 7, 2010


    Yes the DA's office probabley did fail you...but so does the defense attorneys that make it so difficult to prosecute clear cut cases. Yes everyone loves it when a defendant gets off on a technicality, but then that makes a prescedent for other cases. It is becoming harder and harder to convict criminals because of this and how the media only shows when someone is found gulity and then a group of law students go through a case line by line with as much time as they want and find something they can use to get a criminal off and keep people getting fat checks. And then you have a case load that grows by the day and no time for a trial.

  • johnstonredneck Sep 7, 2010

    If they had put him away for life( a lenient sentence at that) he would not of had the opportunity to invade anyone's home.

  • davidgnews Sep 7, 2010

    "The Durham DA's office didn't even let us know he had plea bargained."

    Nor will they, either. Same for Wake County. They want to get it out of their hair fast and "be done with it."

    Sorry for your circumstances.

  • smithr5 Sep 7, 2010

    His first bond was $750,000, raised to $1.25 million. Then he got 300 days served and 18 months probation. The Durham DA's office didn't even let us know he had plea bargained.

  • davidgnews Sep 7, 2010

    Considering the failures on so many levels here, it's just another sad example of Durham not being able to get out of its own way. Ever.

  • Adelinthe Sep 7, 2010

    smithr5 -

    I am so very sorry.

    I pray that your wife and young son will be ok.

    I pray that this time this animal will be imprisoned for the rest of his life.

    God bless.