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New sexual assault reported in Fayetteville

Posted October 16, 2010 11:25 a.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police said Saturday that they are investigating another case of a woman being sexually assaulted by a stranger in her own home.

Police said the latest sexual assault occurred in an apartment off Rosehill Road around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Officers have canvassed the neighborhood and conducted an informational checkpoint, but haven't been able to determine a suspect.

Police said they haven't been able to positively link the attack to others in the area, but there were similarities. Those similarities include the facts that the assault took place in an apartment complex in the early morning.

A task force including Fayetteville police are still investigating seven rapes and sexual assaults that happened between June 2009 and January. The crimes all occurred at apartments or condos during overnight hours.

Cumberland County sheriff's deputies are also investigating a September sexual assault at a home in the College Downs subdivision off Andrews Road, north of Fayetteville. As well, Fayetteville police are investigating reports of a peeping tom the King's Grant Condominiums complex on Bubble Creek Court.

Those incidents occurred near an area along North Ramsey Street where five unsolved rapes and sexual assaults took place between August 2006 and January 2008.

Anyone with information about Thursday's attack or any other case was urged to call 910-433-1856, and ask for Sgt. P. Jernigan, Detective J. Benazzi or Detective K. Berg. After-hours or on weekends, please call the Watch Commander's Office at 910-433-1830.