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Bond Raised for Man Accused in Raleigh Rapes, Kidnappings

Posted July 4, 2007 8:43 p.m. EDT

— The bond for a man accused of raping two woman and robbing and kidnapping two others was increased by $1 million Tuesday.

A judge raised the bond of Omar Cortez Sharpe from $4.8 million to $5.8 million after police in Wilmington filed rape and robbery charges against him.

Raleigh police, arrested Sharpe, 26, of Wilmington, last Thursday in connection with a series of crimes that began with an abduction in Wilmington on June 16.

Investigators believe Sharpe kidnapped a woman from Wilmington, took her to Raleigh and raped her in a wooded area near Bonneville Court.

A week later, Sharpe allegedly kidnapped a woman from her apartment on Hylton Drive and raped her near Green Road Park.

Last week, two women reported similar incidents in which a man, identified as Sharpe, kidnapped them in shopping centers and forced them to withdraw money twice from ATMs.

Sharpe has a long criminal background that dates back nine years, having been convicted of assaulting a female, assault with a deadly weapon and larceny.

He remains in the Wake County Jail.