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Police: Two Raleigh rape cases could be connected

Posted May 14, 2019 10:54 p.m. EDT
Updated May 15, 2019 4:11 a.m. EDT

— Investigators with the Raleigh Police Department are looking into the possibility that two rapes could be connected.

The first assault was in November 2018 on Beacon Village Drive in Raleigh. A woman said a man in a dark hooded sweatshirt broke into her house through a rear sliding glass door.

The woman armed herself with a twirling baton but was unable to get away. She said the man pushed her into a spare bedroom and raped her.

The man then made her clean herself before he ran away.

Last month, another woman in an apartment off North Hills Drive in Raleigh was also raped.

Raleigh police sent out a warning, saying the two cases were similar and could be connected.

According to Raleigh police, officers and detectives are following up and taking patrol and investigative steps. Those that live or work in the area should report anything or anyone who appears to be suspicious to them. Below are some safety tips:

  • Lock all doors (interior and exterior) as well as windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors!
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Make sure you have serial numbers or owner applied numbers on all valuable property.
  • Never think, "It couldn't happen to me."

If you witness any suspicious activity, please do the following:

  • Call 911
  • Continue to watch activity from a safe distance
  • Write down suspect description
  • Write down vehicle information to include: tag number, car type, car color, and direction of travel.

Police say in both cases the victim did not know the man who raped them. Police have not identified a suspect.