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Suspect Charged in Raleigh Sexual Assault

Posted August 22, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police may have a break in a pair of sexual assaults earlier this month. Both attacks occurred within minutes and miles of one another. A suspect is charged in one case and may be linked to the other.

When the attacks first happened, one at Walnut Creek apartments and the other minutes later at the Melrose Apartments, residents were puzzled because Melrose has state-of-the-art security. Only residents and their guests can get in.

Now police have arrested a Melrose resident in connection with that assault. Daryl Ligon is charged with first degree attempted sexual assault. Many residents had speculated that the suspect might live in the complex. The victim's mother says he lived in her daughter's building.

Raleigh Police Sgt. R.G. Joyner says it's unusual for a rapist to strike so close to home.

Joyner says they are looking into the possibility of connecting Ligon to the Walnut Creek apartment assault, too.

Ligon has not been charged with that crime. Initially however when the attacks happened investigators did suspect they were related.

Security, already tight, has been further enhanced at Melrose. Complex Manager Nancy Szczech says the are offering crime prevention seminars for residents.

The Melrose victim's mother says her daughter was not seriously hurt, but was very frightened by the assault. She says both of them will sleep a little better knowing that someone has been locked up.