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Father: Rape suspect belongs in hospital, not jail

Posted October 25, 2010 9:25 p.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2010 10:52 p.m. EDT

— A Smithfield man accused of attacking a woman in her bed in Raleigh should be in a hospital, not a jail cell, his father said Monday.

Mitchell Dean Morrison, 25, of 4163 N.C. Highway 210, faces three counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense and assault on a female. He is also charged with first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon, according to authorities.

Morrison is accused of breaking into a basement apartment on Park Avenue in Raleigh and holding one of the female residents at knifepoint while he cut, punched, slapped, raped and bit her.

After the suspect fell asleep, the victim ran into another room to get help from her roommates. She called 911 from the bedroom of a female roommate.

The victim said, although she did not know her attacker, he claimed he knew her.

"I don't even know where this guy came from," she said.

In an interview with WRAL News, the victim's other roommate said he held Morrison at gunpoint until police arrived.

In his first court appearance on Monday, Morrison asked the judge to move him to a mental health facility at the Durham VA Medical Center.

Morrison's father told WRAL News that his son served in the Coast Guard and was taking classes at Wake Tech to become a mechanic. He had a psychiatric appointment scheduled for Tuesday.

Morrison was being held under a $1.1 million bond in the Wake County jail on Monday. His next court appearance is Nov. 15.