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Woman assaulted in Chapel Hill

Posted December 28, 2011

— A woman was assaulted while walking along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill late Tuesday morning, police said.

The woman said an unidentified man grabbed her from behind in the 1500 block of East Franklin Street around 11 a.m. and assaulted her, police said. She screamed for help, and he ran away.

A witness described the man as black, between 21 and 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

The man might have fled in a dark blue Ford Explorer. 

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Chapel Hill police at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve crimes.


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  • tarheelj Dec 28, 2011

    Cantstandya, Really? Do you know how many dark Ford Explorers are on the road? Do you propose that they stop every single one just because it has a black driver? You go right ahead and do that but it really would be called profiling and there is not enough man power out there to search for each and every one and stop it. I can hear the calls to the police station, media and the ACLU right now.

  • Its the who what Dec 28, 2011

    One of the most violent towns in NC along with Cary

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Dec 28, 2011

    Thanks, WRAL for updating this story! :-)

    Beth Wilson

  • harmstrong4 Dec 28, 2011

    I got a great idea...lets outlaw hoodies...dont say they are for the cold weather..because they are worn in 98 degrees weather...

  • Mark Hayes Dec 28, 2011

    Dark Ford Explorer,unless he is not from this area someone lives around him and knows what kind of car he drives,some real police work should be able to find this vehicle and at least question the owners if he grabbed her DNA has to be on her.

  • anne53ozzy Dec 28, 2011

    Beth you may be right but still sarcasm is not appropriate. I am not sure it was that. Even so there is a fine line between that and misogny.

  • anne53ozzy Dec 28, 2011

    Fianlly in my comments on this, the very term "silly woman" is offensive and the writer should be ashamed. In fact, were I in law enforcement, I might look into this person's history regarding abuse of women and even moreso this attack.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Dec 28, 2011

    anne53ozzy, I may be wrong, but I'm thinking that the commenter, Seankelly, was actually being sarcastic. I really do think he/she already knows what you stated.


  • Common Sense Man Dec 28, 2011

    WRAL often leaves out race when it's not a white person.

  • anne53ozzy Dec 28, 2011

    I do not know who is being referred to as the "silly woman", but I think the comment refers to the victim. To "seankelly", if you have any knowledge at all of what a person experiences in these attacks, you would know that recall of details is difficult and often not available. Fear of one's life or of rape will send most people into a survival mode that is very closed as to details. I know as I have been there.