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Judge sets $2.5M bond for Apex man accused of beating, rape

Posted September 29, 2008 6:14 a.m. EDT
Updated September 29, 2008 6:38 p.m. EDT

— An Apex man was ordered Monday to remain in jail under a $2.5 million bond in a weekend attack on a Cary couple in their 60s.

Gavin John Clevesy, 17, of 311 Milky Way Drive, was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree breaking and entering, first-degree kidnapping, assault with intent to kill and simple assault.

Investigators said Clevesy was intoxicated when he left a party in the McGregor Downs neighborhood shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday. He began knocking on doors, and a couple answered at their home on Edinburgh Drive, police said.

Clevesy hit the man over the head with a statue, a warrant said.

"There's been a break-in here at Edinburgh Drive, and they beat him up," a neighbor told a 911 dispatcher. "I can tell they're hurt."

The woman managed to escape from the house and went knocking on neighbors' doors, asking for help, police said.

"The suspect went out after her and wound up committing a sexual assault and a rape upon her," said Capt. Michael Williams of the Cary Police Department.

Passers-by saw the assault taking place, stopped it and detained the attacker until police could arrive, Williams said.

"He's out there raping the girl," a woman told a 911 dispatcher. "More people are gathering around. My husband is hollering at him to get away from her."

Donnie Bass, who lives in Clinton, and Timothy "Dale" Smith and Justin Smith, both of Garland, were headed home from a wedding reception when they witnessed the assault.

“We just did what we would hope anyone would do for our family,” Bass told WRAL News.

"Them intervening helped us greatly in bring a quick resolution, not only to the two victims but (also) the other people in our community," Williams said.

Police were still trying to piece together the events that led up to the assaults, he said.

The two victims were treated at WakeMed and released.

Clevesy's parents declined to comment Monday after their son's first court appearance.

Clevesy pleaded guilty in March to communicating threats against a person in Cleveland County, according to court records. He was  placed on probation for 18 months and was ordered to be assessed for anger management, to stay off Cleveland County school property and not to assault, threaten or harass a certain individual.

He also was put on probation in June after being convicted of disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia in Onslow County, according to state records. He has a conviction in Wake County for a hit-and-run that damaged property in May 2007.

Clevesy requested a public defender. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 20.