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Police: Girl assaulted at Durham school bus stop

Posted March 7, 2011

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— A Durham teen was sexually assaulted Friday morning while waiting for a school bus, police said Monday.

The girl was at the bus stop near the intersection of Cornwallis and Century Oaks roads at about 6:50 a.m. when a man approached her on foot and assaulted her, police said.

Durham Public Schools administrators declined to say which school the girl attends, but Tina Ingram, the district's director of security, said officials are working with local law enforcement "to ensure student safety."

The assailant was described as a black man with a dark complexion, 17 to 19 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a skinny build. He had shoulder-length braids or “twists” and a slight mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved pink shirt and blue jeans.

Renee Bethea, who lives in the Country Scene Apartment Homes complex on Century Oaks Drive, said she has worried for quite some time about the lack of lighting in the neighborhood.

"I tell any young lady, 'Don't go anywhere by yourself walking to get the bus – school bus or the city bus by yourself. It's dangerous,'" Bethea said Monday. "I wish they'd put street lights up in here because it's too dark."

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Bethea said she found a police flier on her front door Monday morning asking for public assistance to identify the man. She said she's anxious for an arrest in the case.

"If you don't catch him, he's going to do it to somebody else," she said. "That's real frightening. If he did it here, he'll go somewhere else and do it."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29331, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Mar 8, 2011

    Maybe you missed the part about me working in the courts? I know exactly how much gang activity goes in here in Wake County......and in Durham.
    jazzcomic

    From your post it says that you work in Wake county not Durham. Not sure how working in Wake county can give you knowledge of the gang activity.

    Atleast in Raleigh we don't have people shooting at buses like they do in Durham. Plus shooting at Northgate are enough to keep people like me away. We just want to be safe. You can have your gang/crime ridden city-- I will stay put in Raleigh.

  • gmuny33 Mar 8, 2011

    Ok, jazzcomic, since you are such the anti-liberal, but the ultra-conservative, aren't they the ones who push to have not change to the gun laws in this country, that make it so readily available to those that do not know how to handle or even deserve a gun. Last I check, Reps were behind the large Gun companies, not Dems.

    I didn't miss the part about you being in the court system, so do you also see that there are so many more minorities in court than there are whites? That's not because these crimes are not commited by whites, but that they are not prosecuted at the same rate as other minorities in this county. Just look at these blogs anytime something comes up concerning Durham, and just the literature will let you know that racism is still very strong in this country, and clearly in our cities, Jazzcomic, comic is right, because you are blind and hilarious in your statements.

  • jazzcomic Mar 8, 2011

    Raleigh does however have less empty bullet shells lying on the street so less litter too! And oh yeah it deserves repeating...less freaky liberals who shut their eyes to the gang issues in that hole of a town. But yeah stay there.....please stay there. NCOUTERBANKS

    Maybe you missed the part about me working in the courts? I know exactly how much gang activity goes in here in Wake County......and in Durham. You should open your eyes...or go back to the beach and as you ask of me....."stay there. Please stay there."

  • gmuny33 Mar 8, 2011

    impatientgirl, are you serious? All the pedephiles that are in Cary, how can you even think of speaking of a child being assaulted. Unless you have been blind to Cary over the past 10yrs, then do not even compare the number of sickos in Durham to those in Cary. For all other with the Durham bashing, did you not read of the crimes that happened in Raleigh over this past wknd, that you all fail to even respond to. It's funny how soon as Durham is entered in the page, we get all these statements.

    What a horrible story! I hope she'll be ok and I hope they catch him. Thank you WRAL for posting his full description this time. As for the city bashing, you can't ignore the fact that Durham has higher violent crime rate than Raleigh and both higher than Cary, Holly Springs, Apex etc. We know the whole of Durham isn't a hole, but we also know what the statistics are. When was the last time a child was assaulted by a total stranger while waiting for the bus in Cary? Anyone?

  • superman Mar 8, 2011

    Whether the lighting is good or bad or non-existant-- no one-- boy or girl, man or woman should be waiting alone on a street. This advice goes even if you waiting outside a police station. Use your commong sense! It is not safe being alone during the day or night.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Mar 8, 2011

    I am glad that all that hate Durham choose to stay away. we don't have a NORTH HILLS MALL....your knowledge is obvious. --jazzcomic

    I meant to say Northgate. My knowledge of Durham goes back to the 70s. How long have you lived there? I remember when 147 was the alternative to 70 in driving to Raleigh. Growing up we use to go down to Northgate to shop -- won't go there now that gangs have taken over the mall and that general area is bad. Even Brightleaf isn't in the best of areas. I chose to be safe-- that is why i don't go to Durham. Not everyone has a gun..

  • happy Mar 8, 2011

    The other morning I had to take my husband to the doctor and as we were driving down Garner Road, I see 3 LITTLE kids waiting on a bus. Early elementary school age kids, no parent in sight on a busy, busy road. Made me sick to my stomach.

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 8, 2011

    "What does Raleigh have? Jazzcomic It's safer and has better shopping. Oh yeah less liberals.."

    Raleigh does however have less empty bullet shells lying on the street so less litter too! And oh yeah it deserves repeating...less freaky liberals who shut their eyes to the gang issues in that hole of a town. But yeah stay there.....please stay there.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Mar 8, 2011

    Oh yeah...a crime map that is so full of crime that the map isn't visible. jazzcomic

    You're looking at a Durham map-- raleigh only has crime in certain areas.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Mar 8, 2011

    What does Raleigh have? Jazzcomic
    It's safer and has better shopping. Oh yeah less liberals..

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