Police Look For Suspect In String Of Assaults Near N.C. State
Posted January 22, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH — There is a safety warning for people who live aroundN.C. State University. Police are investigating four sexual assaults in student housing just off campus.
Police say the suspect just walked into unlocked apartments on Gorman Street early Sunday morning and assaulted the women. Kat Rose, a friend of three of the victims, says that sometimes the women kept their doors unlocked.
"They are a little bit freaked out. They are going to be a lot more cautious. They weren't very cautious up until now," she says.
Police say late Sunday night, the suspect assaulted another victim in an apartment on Brent Road. The door in that apartment was also unlocked.
"He was very bold in his actions. However, I want to emphasize that the attacks were not violent at all, and when the girls awoke from their sleep, he left the area," says Sgt. Tim Sincock of the Raleigh Police Department.
Students in the area say it is not uncommon for apartments to be unlocked since partygoers travel from house to house. However, the tradition may soon come to an end as students are realizing how vulnerable they are.
"We are definitely locking our deadbolt because we haven't locked it before. We're just taking extra precautions," says student Caty Chance.
Police say there was one person saw the suspect that night, but he was too intoxicated to do anything.