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Father: Rape suspect belongs in hospital, not jail

Posted October 25, 2010

— A Smithfield man accused of attacking a woman in her bed in Raleigh should be in a hospital, not a jail cell, his father said Monday.

Mitchell Dean Morrison, 25, of 4163 N.C. Highway 210, faces three counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and assault on a female. He is also charged with first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon, according to authorities.

Morrison is accused of breaking into a basement apartment on Park Avenue in Raleigh and holding one of the female residents at knifepoint while he cut, punched, slapped, raped and bit her.

After the suspect fell asleep, the victim ran into another room to get help from her roommates. She called 911 from the bedroom of a female roommate.

The victim said, although she did not know her attacker, he claimed he knew her.

"I don't even know where this guy came from," she said.

In an interview with WRAL News, the victim's other roommate said he held Morrison at gunpoint until police arrived.

In his first court appearance on Monday, Morrison asked the judge to move him to a mental health facility at the Durham VA Medical Center.

Mitchell Dean Morrison Suspect's father: He had mental issues

Morrison's father told WRAL News that his son served in the Coast Guard and was taking classes at Wake Tech to become a mechanic. He had a psychiatric appointment scheduled for Tuesday.

Morrison was being held under a $1.1 million bond in the Wake County jail on Monday. His next court appearance is Nov. 15.


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  • devil Oct 27, 2010

    This should be my last post on this. I wish you could make post at night. Yea I did have one of my many nightmare last night about 12:30 am took till 2 am to go back to sleep. I do not wish these on anyone. Also the migraines that I have suffered since 93 and still served my time the best I could. But now let's look at something here. We have built America now to be soft as far as the Military is concern. Drill Instructor's can no longer single out a single person. It must now be a group. He can no longer touch a recruit except to correct him and that is all. So you tell me. What is causing a lot of the metal illness's now then in past wars.. If you can please become GOD and solve the issue

  • Chauncey Oct 26, 2010

    For those that have never been in a military medical environment, here's a little insight:

    If you tell the doctor that your head / back / knee / leg / arm / etc hurts, they prescribe you 800 mg ibuprofen and send you back to work.

    If you tell the doctor that you are having emotional issues, they prescribe you 20mg of Prozac and ask you if you feel like harming anyone or yourself. As long as you say "no", it's back to work.

    That's "military" medicine.


  • shortcake53 Oct 26, 2010

    If they knew this guy had serious issues, why was noone keeping an eye on him or had him in treatment BEFORE attacking an innocent girl? I cannot imagine how this victim is handling this, how will she ever feel safe again? I feel so bad for her.

  • devil Oct 26, 2010

    I have to applaud my wife for sticking by me. I did work for a 11 years after I got out before I broke down and started having bad issues. My wife will tell you straight out this is for real. Our system is really really broke and the lawyers are the one's making the cash and laughing all the way to the bank..

  • u stand corrected Oct 26, 2010

    Amen cad

  • Skip2MyLue Oct 26, 2010

    Whether he is "insane" or not, he should be punished!!! It is no one's fault but his own that he committed this heinous crime. He knew right from wrong. We've all had temporary moments of insanity where we regret something that we said or did in the heat of the moment, but we ultimately have to suffer the consequences regardless. Insanity does not constitute innocence on any level. The victim deserves justice nonetheless, if for nothing more than peace of mind so she can sleep at night... assuming she can ever get any ounce of normalcy out of her life ever again.

  • cad Oct 26, 2010

    You don't know what the mental health system is like until you or a relative are in the system. It is horrible! Commitment is a very slow, degrading process, and most that need hospitalization are not hospitalized. Crisis centers full, beds full...took 30 hours sitting in a Crisis Center for my son to get a bed in a hospital, 3 months to get out-patient treatment after hospital stay. Now he will be in treatment for 6 months and then funding will cut so we will go through the whole entire circle again. I can see where the mentally ill will commit crimes without treatment even as severe as this one. Quit cutting the funds and invest in programs for mentally ill...this is a serious problem that effects everyone.

  • u stand corrected Oct 26, 2010

    Oldest excuse to get out of jail--sick, insane, retarded. Lawyers get rich using those. You people that let criminals go to psycho hospitals for any reason--you should be locked up too. Because you are obviously insane.
    And you know all about this too right?

  • u stand corrected Oct 26, 2010

    Please don't forget about what this young woman (and her family, friends, and loved ones) have just been though and will be forced to deal with for the rest of her life as well.
    I do. I feel for them all. I have a daughter about her age. But I have a son that served in Iraq and hasn't been right since. And there is NOT that much help out there like everyone says. Sometimes no one takes you serious until you do something that is irreversable and others have been harmed. It is tragic. I just ask that everyone wait until we really know his state of mind before we hang him.

  • u stand corrected Oct 26, 2010

    ALL Rapist should get death!,,and I promise you none of them would be innocent.
    You are a female from your comment. Easy babe, if he is guilty, and not insane, he will be punished. I promise.