Local News

Wilmington Man Sentenced for Raleigh Rapes, Kidnappings

Posted December 31, 2007 3:15 p.m. EST

— A man charged in connection with a string of crimes that began in Wilmington before his arrest in Raleigh was sentenced Monday to 40 to 54 years in prison.

Raleigh police arrested Omar Cortez Sharpe, 27, of Wilmington, on June 28 in connection with the crimes.

Investigators said he kidnapped a woman from Wilmington on June 16, brought her to Raleigh and raped her in a wooded area near Bonneville Court.

A week later, Sharpe allegedly kidnapped a woman from her apartment on Hylton Drive and raped her near Green Road Park.

Prior to his arrest, two women reported similar incidents within a week in which a man, identified as Sharpe, kidnapped them in shopping centers and forced them to withdraw money twice from ATMs.

Sharpe was charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree kidnapping, four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of robbery in on June 16.

Sharpe has a long criminal background that dates back nine years, having been convicted of assaulting a female, assault with a deadly weapon and larceny.