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Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested at Homeless Shelter

Posted April 18, 2008

— Police arrested a suspect in a kidnapping and sexual assault at a homeless shelter on Liberty Street around noon Friday.

Vonzell Speight, 42, of no known address, faces charges of first-degree sexual assault, second-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, communicating threats and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said the charges stem from a sexual assault inside an apartment along Dacian Avenue early Thursday.

A woman told police that she woke up and saw a man inside her room around 4:40 a.m. The man, who was armed with a knife, sexually assaulted her and took her wallet and jewelry.

Investigators believe he entered the victim’s apartment through a back door.


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  • kenloe3981 Apr 18, 2008

    Too bad she didnt have a gun to assault him with....A few dead perps would really put a downward spike on crime. They have no fear of going to court or prison. That is what people just can not understand! The only thing you can get their attention with is a countermeasure equil to their actions.

  • blackdog Apr 18, 2008

    ....rape is not about sex. Rape is all about power, control and violence.

  • fbguru Apr 18, 2008

    I agree allison842. Why do men feel the need to commit rape when there are women out there a dime a dozen who will GIVE them sex. It's sad to say but it's true. It's just a sickening crime that needs stiffer punishment.

  • allison842 Apr 18, 2008

    I don't understand rape. It is the most disgusting violation a person could possibly commit, in my opinion.

  • Meandmytwo Apr 18, 2008

    Good work Durham PD. Now lets get to work on the gangs and drive bys. Thank God that he did not kill her.

  • bdaniels Apr 18, 2008

    Glad that they caught him because he will continue assaulting women. Plus I hope she goes to get tested because by the looks of him I would be frantic about contracting a disease.