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Raleigh teen takes cellphone pic of man who allegedly solicited sex

Posted March 11, 2014

— Raleigh police hope a picture released Tuesday will lead them to a man who allegedly solicited a teenager for sex last month.

The 13-year-old boy, who just got off a school bus, was walking home on the 900 block of Wake Towne Drive when a man drove up to him and asked for sex.

The boy refused the request, investigators said, and the man – possibly in his 60s or 70s – drove away in a tan or silver sedan.

But not before the teen used his cellphone to take a picture of him.

“Which is, of course, we hope a valuable piece of information in this case and we hope it leads detectives to identify a suspect,” said Jim Sughrue, Raleigh police spokesman.

Investigators said they do not believe the Feb. 21 incident is related to a similar encounter at Broughton High School on March 5, when a student said two men in a silver hatchback approached him on campus and asked him to get inside.

That case is still under investigation, police said.

Neighbors are still shocked over last month’s incident.

“I used to work as a child protective services investigator in Virginia so I know well what can happen,” said Lucille Zalinski, who lives nearby. “Just to think that somebody had the nerve to do something like that to a child.”

Anyone with information about either case is asked to contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or at raleighcrimestoppers.org.


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  • common tater Mar 12, 2014

    Agree with the posts against publishing photos with only allegations. But in response to Kaitlyn, the mug shots are even worse. In this story, they can at least say they published it to identify him to speak to him. The mug shots are posted only in an attempt to get clicks on the site...very tabloid-like.

  • James Scandrick Mar 12, 2014
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    is it surprising? Raleigh or Cary, these people seem to roam these 2 cities all the time. Having a young family here is in jeopardy all the time. I'd rather be in Durham, if this is going to keep going.

  • LastSon1981 Mar 12, 2014

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    I think a lot of you missed key words like allegedly and picture will help lead them to identify.

  • rougemontredneck Mar 12, 2014

    that's creepy

  • ncprr1 Mar 12, 2014

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    You missed the point entirely. This man is not under arrest. He is not shown holding a gun and robbing someplace, he could be anyone. If he has done nothing wrong, they may "sort it out and let him go" but his life is ruined.

  • Kaitlyn Legare Mar 12, 2014
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    So you think all of the people shown in those arrest photos on WRAL ------>
    should sue the news outlet if they are found to be not guilty too?

    What amazes me is that any time there is a crime story and WRAL publishes information about the alleged suspect people raise a fuss if they don't mention the person's race. Now that there is an actual pic of a suspect people are complaining that they are going too far. Exactly what should they publish in this case? How about, "The suspect is described as a white man in his 60s driving a gray sedan. Anyone who knows this person should contact the police."

    If this man has done nothing wrong they will sort that out and let him go. If he has tried to solicit sex from a child then he needs to be off the street.

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 12, 2014
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    ditto! The rush to sensationalize every single story can, and sometimes does, come back to bite the news folks.

  • Chris Perry Mar 12, 2014
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    Exactly. Kids make up stuff sometimes but not THIS kind of stuff.

    Yes they do.. All the time.

  • Chris Perry Mar 12, 2014
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    Really? Kids are ALWAYS making this up? What would a 13yo kid have to gain by making this up?

    Getting the attention he wants.

  • Chris Perry Mar 12, 2014
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    Obviously they posted the pic hoping someone would recognize him and call the police. Same thing as posting a surveillance pic of an alleged robber. When he's arrested and charged, which he will be now that this pic is out there, they will print a whole lot more info about him than this.

    It is a little bit different when you have a picture of someone that is where they are not suppose to be or holding a gun on a cashier. This could just be a picture of a man sitting in his car.