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Kidnapping, assault suspect surrenders to Cary police

Posted October 21, 2010

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— A 34-year-old man accused of holding another man hostage and sexually assaulting him surrendered to Cary police on Thursday.

Adrian Atwater, of Grove Wood Drive in Raleigh, is charged with second-degree forcible sexual offense, second-degree kidnapping and felony strangulation.

If convicted of all charges, he could face five to 25 years in prison, according to police. He was being held at the Wake County Public Safety Center.

Police began searching for Atwater on Tuesday after a 25-year-old Cary man reported being held hostage in his apartment for about eight hours.

The unidentified man went to the management office of Merriwood Apartments, on Merriwood Drive off SE Maynard Road, on Tuesday morning to call for help.

The man told investigators that he had been locked in the bedroom and that a man he knew physically and sexually assaulted him.

"(He) kept me in my apartment for nine hours. He's beat me, and he raped me as well," the man told the 911 dispatcher. "He went to go to the bathroom, and I ran."

The man was taken to WakeMed Cary Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Atwater was released from prison on Sept. 4 after serving nine months for a Wake County conviction on assault by strangulation, felony breaking and entering and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill charges, according to state Department of Correction records.

He also was convicted in Durham County in 2002 of felonious restraint, assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats and in Guilford County in 1999 of assault on a female and communicating threats, records show.

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  • livethelife4u Oct 27, 2010

    OMG These acts of violence should never have happen!! I am the victim from those charges referenced in the article from 2002 and 1999. I had hoped since no one before me ever followed through that by me doing so this might not happen to someone else. I am so sorry for the families he has hurt along the way. I pray the courts take him as seriously violent as I did and Lock him up. In each of my cases he was let out for time served and was released after the court date. What is happening to our criminal justice system.

  • heaf200 Oct 22, 2010

    Released in September for horrible charges, our judicial system is very messed up - he only served 9 months. He should have served alot more time, but they let him out, he went nuts on this poor man, could have killed him. Wait, that is it, our judicial system probably thought he was rehabilitated and let him go, but he got out and did this, gues they were waiting for him to kill someone before lockng him up longer.
    Our judicial system is SO SAD

  • kewlmom Oct 22, 2010

    Kevina, I was wondering the same thing.

  • kevina Oct 21, 2010

    Any relation to the other Atwater? as in Eve Carson?

  • lolly Oct 21, 2010

    "He also was convicted in Durham County in 2002 of felonious restraint, assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats and in Guilford County in 1999 of assault on a female and communicating threats, records show."

    Why is he not in prison!!! What is wrong with our courts and our corrections systems that Atwater is free to prey on others?

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Oct 21, 2010

    nice to see he just got out of prison a month prior, for the same thing.... maybe this time he'll serve more than 9 months.

  • UPTOP Oct 21, 2010

    He has a problem being told NO!!!!

  • lma1973 Oct 21, 2010

    Now thats gross!!!

  • MudLife Oct 21, 2010

    PJM- course he like being behind bars. Theres a ton of guys there lol.

  • tarheel4life Oct 21, 2010

    ...and then I see a story about a guy growing pot in his basement who gets 5 years. crazy world we live in.

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