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Fayetteville woman, left on side of road after traffic stop, claims she was assaulted

Posted November 10, 2014 9:28 p.m. EST
Updated November 11, 2014 6:42 a.m. EST

— A sexual assault and carjacking was reported Sunday after the victim was stopped by a Fayetteville police officer, authorities said Monday. The assault occurred after the officer left the area, police said.

The woman, who is in her 50s, was stopped on the 2400 block of Murchison Road for not having a valid driver's license. Unable to drive, the woman was offered a ride by the officer but declined, police said.

After the officer left, a man approached the woman, forced her away from the road at gunpoint and assaulted her, police said.

The man is described as light-skinned, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, medium build with a burgundy hooded sweatshirt and armed with a silver handgun.

The suspect also took the woman's vehicle, described as a 1996 black Honda Accord, N.C. registration CKC-2756. The vehicle has damage to the hood, police said.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact Fayetteville Police Det. J. Benazzi at 910-257-3668 or CrimeStoppers, which pays cash for anonymous tips leading to arrest in felony cases, at 910-483-8477. Tips can also be submitted through an anonymous online tip form or text 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).