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Man sought in attempted rape in Raleigh

Posted June 28, 2012 7:00 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police are looking for a man wanted in connection with the attempted rape of a 22-year-old woman last week.

The woman was riding a bicycle west on Stafford Avenue, near Cameron Village, around 2:30 a.m. June 18, when a man driving a small, dark SUV hit her rear tire as she approached the intersection of Stafford and Chamberlain Street, police said Thursday.

The man put the bike on top of his SUV and offered her a ride home, but instead, he drove less than a half-mile to Horse Track Alley off Clark Avenue and tried to rape her.

Investigators said the woman was able to escape but left behind the bicycle.

Police released two surveillance photos of the man and his SUV, although they did not say where the photos were taken.

He is white, in his 20s or 30s and has a medium skin tone and a muscular build. He is about 5 feet 7 inches or 5 feet 8 inches tall, has brown eyes and dark facial hair, and was wearing a dark-colored cap, blue shirt and white and blue shoes.

Investigators aren't sure what model the SUV is but think it could be a Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty or another similar four-door vehicle. They say it has gray leather seats and, although not new, appeared to be in good shape.

Anyone with information that might help police is asked to contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-864-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solves cases.