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Raleigh police investigate rape of 27-year-old pregnant woman

Posted March 28, 2016
Updated March 29, 2016

— A 27-year-old woman, who is seven months pregnant, told police she was raped Saturday night while walking home from work in the 7000 block of Sandy Fork Road.

According to authorities, the woman took a short construction detour through some woods at about 10:45 p.m., when a light-skinned man grabbed her from behind.

"She was walking home. He came up behind her and all she saw was his hands and he said, 'I've been watching you,'" said a family member.

Police said the man told the victim that he had a knife, and then he raped her on the path. She was able to get away and run to her apartment where a relative called 911.

"I heard somebody screaming, 'Help me, help me. He raped me,'" said a 911 caller. "So, I ran outside because I knew it was her. I ran outside and I saw her. Her clothes were ripped and she didn't have any pants on and she only had one shoe."

The suspect, who indicated he was armed with a knife, ran away following the rape, police said.

"The fact that this guy is still out there is scary," said the woman's family member.

Because the attack happened from behind, the suspect's description is vague.

"It's tough for all of us, it's tough for all of us to deal with," the family member said. "We are just trying to ban together and be supportive. That's all you can do when something like this has happened."

Authorities said the woman and her unborn child are going to be ok physically.

Detectives are seeking information from people who were in the area between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday night. Anybody with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.


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  • Brent Phares Mar 30, 2016
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    Would be nice to raze the seedy apartment complexes in that area.

  • Betsy Smith Mar 30, 2016
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    I wasn't blaming the victim. Of course the perp is 100% to blame. My comment was for men (boys) and women (girls) who don't realize that certain choices can increase your risk. Unfortunately this poor lady had to learn the hard way.

  • Janet Ghumri Mar 29, 2016
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    The fact that he told the victim that he 'had been watching' her, makes me think that this isn't so much a crime of opportunity as a pure predator who was waiting for a chance to assault this poor woman. The fact that he raped an obviously pregnant woman, makes it worse. When he is apprehended he should be charged for the rape and assault against the unborn baby. This woman has had a precious and emotional time in her life violated, that is unconscionable

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Mar 29, 2016
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    The last sound he should have heard was a sharp metallic click. Sorry this happened to this woman. (Dan)

  • Amanda Robinson Mar 29, 2016
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    I would too like to think she didn't intend to victim blame but if that was the case maybe some bit of sympathy towards the female that was attacked would have been helpful. I agree that it is important to arm people with the tools they need to keep themselves as safe as the can be but the first thing you say when a person is attacked should never be that you shouldn't have been walking alone in the area you were in. Its a sad fact but yes we should prepare ourselves for the worst but at the end of the day it is the criminals fault one hundred percent and not the victim.

  • Johnathan Gault Mar 29, 2016
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    Shiloh you need to understand what makes a rapist. Upbringing has little to do with it, I know many great individuals who had lousy parents and I know deviants who had wonderful parents.

  • Cheryl Cain Mar 29, 2016
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    I guarantee if a man (or even a teen boy) had been mugged, robbed or assaulted in the same place at the same time, not one person would suggest he shouldn't have been there.

  • Shiloh Barkley Mar 29, 2016
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    I blame his mother and father. Who is raising or not raising these rapists? How do rapists think it's ok to rape? Don't parents want their children to grow up to be kind and respectful adults? Not rapists?

  • Steve Clark Mar 29, 2016
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    Ben, Amanda, and John - I agree with you completely, it's NOT the victim's fault. Obviously, the person that attacked her is completely to blame.

    HOWEVER, I don't think Betsy was 'blaming the victim' - I think what's she's trying to say is that we ALL need to be smart, and do what we can to protect ourselves. If YOUR daughter said she was going to walk home by herself at night through a wooded area... wouldn't you tell her not to? Don't we all tell our teens to park in a well lit part of the parking lot? Betsy isn't "Blaming the victim"... she's reminding all of us that we need to do what we can to protect ourselves.

  • Ben Hill Mar 29, 2016
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    Agreed. I don't understand why people blame the victim in these (or any) crimes. I guess some people prefer making excuses for perpetrators (upbringing, culture, etc.) that they have no where else to place blame for the crime.