Police: Two women attacked in Durham

March 26, 2010 8:56:32 PM PDT
At least two women say they have been attacked in Durham by a man matching the same description.The attacks happened on Meriwether Drive earlier this week.

A quick afternoon walk with the dog seems harmless enough there during the day, but at night nearby residents say it's a different story.

"I don't walk down here at night if I don't have to," Durham resident Darryl Morrow said.

That's why Morrow wasn't surprised to learn about two women recently assaulted on Meriwether Drive.

One woman told police a man threatened her with a knife and then raped her.

The other narrowly escaped her attacker as she waited for the bus. She was forced into a wooded area where she fought the man and ran to safety.

"That puts quite bit of fear in my heart that really does," Durham resident Dorea White said.

Residents say a nearby apartment complex has its own security, but outside the gates and on the street it is not as exposed.

"We need more lights on this street," White said. "Mainly on this road here and maybe some across the street and maybe some bicycle police out here. Not all the time, but randomly come and see what's going on in the neighborhood."

Residents referred to busted streetlights, saying it makes them an easy target especially after dark when a late afternoon walk can turn dangerous.

Meanwhile, the man that attacked the two women is still on the run.

Durham CrimeStoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone with information that could lead to an arrest.

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