Sexual assault reported in Fayetteville


Police said a woman was raped at gunpoint in the parking lot of her apartment complex Sunday night. The suspect's description is similar to a man wanted in more than a half dozen rapes.

Law enforcement officials have been trying to catch the male suspect for more than four years. Officials believe the suspect may be responsible for nine or 10 sexual assaults.

Sunday's incident happened at the Hidden Creek Village Apartment Complex on Cliffdale Road.

"She was going to her car, an unknown male approached her at gunpoint, forced her to an unknown location and raped her." Fayetteville police Sgt. Kellie Berg said.

Police are not sure if the attacker lived in the complex or somehow got past security. Police said the security gate at the apartment complex is not very secure.

"The gates are activated by people that live there, so they can get stuck open or somebody could walk thru, if a car goes thru they can walk in behind the vehicle," Berg said.

Police describe the suspect as 6 feet tall wearing a black jacket, dark jeans, and a ski mask.

Police are working to determine if this suspect may be linked to a series of rapes and burglaries around Fayetteville since 2009.

In 2010, a regional rape task force was created to try and catch a man who they say was a suspect in at least seven sexual assaults around the area.

In each case, police say the suspect's description was similar. They said the cases are similar in that the man breaks into an apartment between 10 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. and then robs and assaults women who were home alone.

"We are actively working the case right now, but we are unable to determine if it is related or not. We still do actively work those cases, we always go back and revisit them when we have the opportunity and compare them to any new cases that come forward," Berg said.

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