Fayetteville rape suspect arrested in New York City

Raphael Ward, 45 (image courtesy Fayetteville police)

A man accused of a rape in Fayetteville was arrested Tuesday in New York City after he fled North Carolina.

Raphael Lanier Ward, 45, was taken into custody in Manhattan by NYPD's Warrant Fugitive Squad. He has warrants out of Faytteville charging him with 2nd degree rape of a minor, sexual battery, and assault on a female for an incident on January 16.

Police said the victim was known to Ward.

He's being held in New York City while awaiting extradition back to Fayetteville.

Fayetteville police thanked North Carolina SBI's Fugitive Task Force and the NYPD's Warrant Fugitive Squad (Manhattan District) for their assistance in locating and apprehending Ward.
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