More women reporting assaults

January 13, 2010 7:18:38 AM PST
More possible victims are comings forward as news surfaces that multiple suspects may be involved.There are seven break-in and sexual assaults on females in Fayetteville. Six of the women were raped.

And there's another similar case that is being investigated in Hope Mills.

Now, ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned that the SBI has used DNA to link a violent rape case in Hoke County to a suspect who raped one of the Fayetteville women.

Police say every woman in the city should be on the lookout.

The attacks happened in Fayetteville on Elm Street, Tryon drive, Preston Woods Lane, and two attacks in houses on Glenwick Drive.

"The victims have been at home alone in their residences," Police Spokesperson Sgt. Pam Brewington said. "The hours of evening darkness, the incidents have occurred in."

Sabrina Arrington has lived in apartments on Ancestry Drive since 2001. She says she is shocked by the news that a rapist has struck in her complex twice during November.

"I didn't know until she just told me," Arrington said. "I didn't know, so shocking and glad that I know now. So I will definitely on the lookout."

Fayetteville police aren't sure yet if the attacks are the work of a serial rapist.

"We're having to pull prior incidents to see if maybe there is correlation that just wasn't there before and now we're looking at that there could be," Brewington said.

However, Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin says he believes the region is dealing with a serial rapist.

"Once he was in the home he held the victim at gun point and from that point he went through the act," Peterkin said.

While Fayetteville police have backed off linking the cases to a single rapist, Sheriff Peterkin says he believes his case is the work of a serial rapist.

"We know we got eight, now nine situations that involve rape ? sexual assault ? whatever you what to call it," Peterkin said. "Until someone can tell me different, I would say yes."

Sheriff Peterkins is calling on all agencies involved to put together a task force and work together to catch whoever is responsible for the attacks.

He is concerned that the attacks are getting more violent.

"At first we hear he gets in through a door that's not locked," he said. "Now it's a door that he can easily get into and then he breaks in and then now he's got a gun."

Sheriff Peterkin says he wants a task force set up to share information to catch whomever responsible for the attacks.

Meanwhile, Army Criminal Investigation Command agents at Fort Bragg are looking for a man accused of breaking into several homes in the Ste. Mere Eglise neighborhood on Post and raping one woman who was home alone.

The suspect is described as a light skinned Hispanic or black male with a slender build and in his mid 20s. He is estimated to be 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black stocking cap, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a dark jacket. He was also reportedly wearing blue jeans and dark tennis shoes with bright accents.

Military leaders at Fort Bragg say the man they're looking for is not connected to the other rape cases.

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