Police canvass neighborhood after rape

July 8, 2010 9:32:14 AM PDT
Fayetteville police officers are going door-to-door Thursday in the Montclair neighborhood following a rape that was reported Tuesday.

The victim told police a man broke into her home Tuesday morning, covered her head and raped her.

The woman lives in the Brittany Place Apartments, which are located near Skibo road.

Police say at this time, they are unsure if this attack is connected to a series of sexual assaults and rapes that has plagued the city.

Officers are beefing up their presence in the Montclair neighborhood and alerting residents to be on guard.

Residents are glad to see the officer presence.

"That's a good deal," resident Doranda Love told ABC11 Eyewitness News. "Good idea. We need it out here."

Residents describe the Montclair community as a quiet and a normally safe place to live.

Faye Barnhart, a 30-year resident of the community, is one of many who are on edge.

"And they put out to leave our lights on so they can see our houses at night...around our houses," Barnhart said. "Cause there's a lot of widows, and there are a lot of women by their self."

Although the apartments are a part of the Montclair subdivision, they are not a part of the community watch program that the houses belong to.

Despite that, police say neighbors should be looking for neighbors even though there will be more officer patrols in the area.

"We have 15 officers, detectives out here canvassing the neighborhood...putting the word out -- reminding citizens to be vigilant, to be aware of their surroundings," explained Lt. Darry Whitaker, Fayetteville Police Department. "Just safety tips for everybody to take heed to."

Officers spent about an hour in the neighborhood Thursday, but many residents had already gone to work. Officers will return this evening to continue to spread the word.

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