Goldsboro man charged in 1987 rape

Sylvester Earl Braswell (image courtesy Goldsboro Police Department)

The Goldsboro Police Department has made an arrest in a rape investigation that's nearly 30 years old.

On February 1, 1987, a woman reported that she was sexually assaulted by an unknown person after leaving a restaurant. The case was investigated by the Goldsboro Police Department, but a suspect was not identified.

The cold case was recently assigned to a new investigator and now 52-year-old Sylvester Earl Braswell of Goldsboro is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and breaking and entering.

Braswell was in the Wayne County Jail with an $805,000 bond.

Anyone with information about this crime or any other crime in Wayne County is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (919) 735-2255 or text at (919) 222-4230. Callers will remain anonymous and if your information leads to a felony arrest you will be given a cash reward for the information. Crime Stoppers gives cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to felony arrests.

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