Charges filed in attacks on Johnston County women
A Johnston County man has been charged with kidnapping two women in recent months and sexually assaulting one of them, authorities said Tuesday.Posted — Updated
Daniel Robert Muller, 24, of 1097 Black Angus Drive, was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of first-degree sexual assault and attempted first-degree sexual assault. He was being held Tuesday in the Johnston County jail under a $350,000 bond.
A woman was found wandering the streets of Selma on July 18, and authorities determined she had been assaulted after accepting a ride from a man driving a light-colored, four-door Jeep. Once the woman was inside the vehicle, authorities said, the man displayed a weapon and drove her to a secluded area in Selma, where she was sexually assaulted.
During the investigation, authorities learned a similar incident occurred on May 25 in which a woman accepted a ride from a man but fled from his vehicle after he displayed a weapon and drove to a secluded area in Smithfield.
Authorities identified Muller as a suspect in the cases, and he surrendered on Saturday.
Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said Muller was hired as a recruit for the fire department on May 26 but that officials were in the process of dismissing him from the program because he had missed class time.
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