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Police working to identify man tied to 11 rapes in Cumberland County

Posted April 10

— Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department are working to identify a suspect who is believed to be tied to 11 rape cases from 2009 and 2010.

The rapes occurred at apartment complexes in Fayetteville, Hope Mills and Cumberland County between June 24, 2009 and July 17, 2010. The incidents took place between 9 p.m. and 7:15 a.m. each time, officials said.

The DNA found at each crime scene were consistent, leading police to believe that one man is responsible for all 11 cases.

Victims have worked with detectives to compose a sketch of the suspect, who is described as a black man in his 20s or 30s who weighs anywhere from 160 to 200 pounds and stands between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall.

The suspect kept his hair and face covered for most of the crimes, victims said, but he may have shoulder-length hair or dreadlocks and scruffy facial hair.

In one account, he was described to be wearing a black do-rag, a black jersey with a number in the 80s on the front and black shoes with three white stripes down the side (possibly Adidas). He wore a watch with a white or gray band, and he kept his face covered with a bandana or shirt.

The suspect smelled badly, some victims said, and others said he smelled strongly of cigarettes and beer.

The investigation is part of the Fayetteville Police Department's effort to solve several cold case sexual assault investigations in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. So far, the department has solved 21 cases in the last two years.

Anyone who recognizes the description or photo or anyone with information concerning this sexual assault investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Benazzi with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-257-3668 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

Anyone with information concerning a sexual assault case more than five years old is also asked to contact Detective Benazzi.

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