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Raleigh man accused of rape

Posted November 28, 2012

A Raleigh man made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon on charges of raping a woman.

Colonel Mack Woods, 25, of 1404-M Steinbeck Drive, was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree rape, first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering.

Arrest warrants allege that Woods broke into the woman's home in the early hours of Nov. 17, forced himself on her and left with $200.

A neighbor called 911 at 4:44 a.m. reporting that the woman was "screaming hysterically" and said someone had raped her.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Woods and the victim "were familiar with one another but not personally acquainted."

Woods' mother, who did not want to be identified, said after Wednesday's court appearance that the charges he faces are out of character for him and that she believes he was invited to the apartment.

"He is not that type of person. He's a good kid," she said. "That doesn't sound like him at all."

Woods, who was in the Wake County jail Wednesday afternoon under a $400,000 bond, has a criminal record dating to 2006 on several misdemeanor charges, including speeding, breaking and entering vehicles and hit and run.

None of the convictions are for violent crimes.


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  • jrbrock Dec 6, 2012

    What's with all the sympathy for this guy? When someone has a history of breaking and entering and hit and run the chances of this being a false accusation go way down! "A good kid" -- what a crock.

  • goalflinger Dec 5, 2012

    Personally, I do not "feel" anything either way. At this point the operative word is "accused." Why is it that if you are an accused female, the "presumption of innocence" rule firmly applies? If you are a male, you are "presumed guilty until proven innocent." You can be and are often charged with a crime and restrictions put on your life without the right to face your accuser until YOU prove your innocence rather than THEM having to prove your guilt. Then when your innocence is proven, you may not even get an "excuse me, we were wrong" apology.

  • Mon Account Nov 29, 2012

    "I feel for this victim." - monami

    We're not sure which one is the true victim yet...

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  • anonymous111 Nov 28, 2012

    @monami....I personally know this guy and feel for him. I know his side of this story and just wanna say dont believe everything you read.

  • monami Nov 28, 2012

    "The story says that they were "...familiar with one another but not personally acquainted." What??? tierneemalinadeveaux"

    There are many people I am aware of but do not know personally. What was your point?

    What a horror to have someone break into your home and rape you! I feel for this victim.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Nov 28, 2012

    The story says that they were "...familiar with one another but not personally acquainted." What???