Raleigh Police Seek Rape Suspect, Warn Citizens To Be Wary
Posted May 9, 2003 9:29 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh Police are looking for a man they say robbed, beat and sexually assaulted at least two women and possibly a third.
Wayne Willis is wanted in connection with two separate attacks, one in September and the other just two days ago.
Detectives at the Raleigh Police Department said Thursday night they are closing in on the 38-year-old Willis. But until he's arrested, they say he's still out there and could strike again.
Police say all three attacks happened in Southwest Raleigh near Lineberry Road and Trailwood Drive. Detectives say the suspect preys on young women in vulnerable situations.
"He targets females that are alone in one circumstance or the other," said Raleigh police Lt. Chris Morgan, "either in an apartment or, in the latest case, walking through a parking lot in the wee hours."
In one of the attacks, Willis is accused of beating a woman with a flashlight, then strangling her. Morgan said he didn't stop there.
"He actually drove a short distance with her car, " Morgan said, "attempted to rape her and committed some other sexual violations, and he ended up robbing her."
Investigators think Willis may still be in Raleigh. And they say that, until he's caught, no one should walk the streets alone.
"We consider him to be very dangerous," Morgan said.
According to police, Willis has a violent criminal record dating back to the mid 80's. Anyone with any information on where he might be is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department at
or Crimestoppers at
A reward is being offered.