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Sketch released of suspect in Hope Mills rape

Posted January 14, 2011

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— Cumberland County detectives on Friday released a composite sketch of a man they believe broke into a Hope Mills home and raped a woman last November.

Investigators said that a man forced his way into a home off Legion Road during the early morning hours of Nov. 24, 2010. The man assaulted the victim, tried to rob her and then fled on foot.

K-9 units with the sheriff's office last tracked him to a vacant home, near the victim's home.

Authorities described the man as black, in his mid-20s. He is approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and has a thin build. He has short, cropped hair, a thin mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a Roca-style jacket with a fur-trimmed hood, Timberland boots and jeans.

Anyone who has any information regarding this case should contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or our anonymous TIPSLINE at 484-8477.

Hope Mills is just south of Fayetteville, where authorities haven't solved the rape and sexual assault of seven women between June 2009 and January 2010. All of the women lived in apartments or condominiums, and they were alone when a man broke into their homes between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.


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  • Justin T. Jan 14, 2011

    Thanks for the profile sketch. If I see anyone suspicious I'll make sure I flank them so I can see them from the side.

  • hotss Jan 14, 2011

    He looks like that guy that beat up Rhiana.

  • drh3102 Jan 14, 2011

    Last November? he could have changed clothes and gained 40 pounds by now! We are on the ball with this one!

  • lawncare5 Jan 14, 2011

    I read this article curious to see if the media would say his race. Pleased to see they are not afraid, yet, to say. Have seen similar articles where race was not mentioned, don't want to offended anyone who would want to be offended.

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  • smegma Jan 14, 2011

    the picture took so long to be released because the artist was busy making his furry coat perfect

  • beachbum1 Jan 14, 2011

    wow shocking...NOT!

  • Viewer Jan 14, 2011

    Why wasn't this picture made available 4 weeks ago?

  • Rockermom Jan 14, 2011

    Yeah, well that just narrows it down, now doesn't it?

  • TeresaBee Jan 14, 2011

    I can't believe how many rapists are in their 20's!