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Police: Sex Offender Attacked Elderly Women

Posted September 5, 2007 2:27 p.m. EDT
Updated September 5, 2007 11:03 p.m. EDT

— A convicted sex offender faces charges of assaulting two elderly women in a Wendell home, police said Wednesday.

Bobby Marcellus Frazier, 60, was charged Tuesday with attempted second-degree forcible rape, kidnapping, felonious breaking and entering and two counts of assault on a female. He was held in the Wake County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Frazier had walked away from a group home at 552 Industrial Drive in Wendell Tuesday morning, Wendell Police Chief J.A. Privette said in a statement. Police did not disclose why he was in the home.

Police responding to a 911 call found that a house had been broken into and that a 92-year-old woman and a 78-year-old woman had been assaulted, Privette said. The assailant also tried to rape one of the women, he said.

The 911 tape chronicles the horror two elderly women went through in their home.

“I need help bad,” the woman caller said. “I have my helper in the foyer and a man is standing over her. Please come quick … Please, please hurry.”

Frazier was still in the house when officers arrived, Privette said.

“This is a terrible tragedy that could have been much worse if not for the quick thinking on the part of one of the victims to call 911 and request assistance,” he said.

The caller on the line was the 92-year-old woman. Her helper, who police said was being attacked by Frazier, is 78 years old. She suffered what police described as substantial injuries.

“Obviously, [she has] facial injuries. She’s hurt,” Privette said.

According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Frazier served six years in prison for a 1986 attempted rape case in Wayne County.

A WRAL reporter went to the group home to talk to someone about Frazier and the accusations against him, but no one answered the door.

Carlton Royster lives about a block away. He said his neighborhood is filled with families with children. Royster said based on what he heard happened, Frazier is better off in jail than in his neighborhood.

“I’m very alarmed,” he said. “Taking advantage of old people that way, he should be in jail.”

Privette said the 92-year-old woman having the presence of mind to call 911 kept a terrible situation from getting worse.

Privette also put in a call to the Department of Health of Human Services that oversees group homes, he said. Privette said he wants the one Frazier walked away from checked out to see if it is meeting state standards.