Police: Recent reported rape linked to others

July 31, 2012 1:21:36 PM PDT
Authorities in Fayetteville are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in a recent reported rape that may be linked to several others.

Detectives with the Special Victims Unit said there are several similarities between a July 13 rape and other rapes in the Ramsey Street area between 2006 and 2008.

The latest attack happened in the King's Grant condos off of Ramsey Street.

Police said sometime after 3 a.m., a suspect pried open a window, climbed in and sexually assaulted a resident while her roommate slept in another bedroom.

The suspect in the incident was described as a white man in his late 20s to 30s, standing between 5 foot 8 and 6 feet tall and weighing between 175 to 230 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark colored hoodie that was described as being of a wind-breaker material.

"One hoodie had Orange County Chopper on the front, another one had Notre Dame on the front," Fayetteville Police Spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said. "Additionally, he had unique body odor. Victims described him as smelling funny. It was like his breath was really bad, like a smoker's breath. He had like kind of mechanic oil ... dirty smell to his body odor.

Authorities said the suspect was also allegedly non-aggressive, polite and soft spoken following the attack.

"However, he does use some measure of force during the assaults," MacRoberts said. "He'll put his hands over the mouth and eyes of the victim during the assaults and also there will also be threats made against the family and or roommates of the victims."

Investigators said they believe the suspect may be stalking or doing research on his victims before he attacks.

"He's aware of details about the victims like personal information like clothing, children, where they work that sort of thing," MacRoberts said. "So we do believe that he's possibly stalking his victims before he makes the assault."

Four other incidents with a similar suspect description were reported in the same neighborhood on Aug. 23, 2006, Feb. 12, 2007, Sept. 18, 2007 and Jan. 26, 2008 between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Police are holding a community crime meeting Tuesday night at Cedar Falls Baptist Church on Ramsey Street to get more information out to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to call SVU detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

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