Durham man charged with attempted rape of jogger

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Durham man charged with attempted rape of jogger
Jarrod Kiper

DURHAM (WTVD) -- A Durham man has been arrested in connection with an attempted sexual assault on a jogger earlier Monday.

Jarrod Michael Kiper, 37, has been charged with attempted first-degree rape after a woman told police she was struck from behind and knocked to the ground Monday about 4:15 p.m. while jogging on Virgie Street.

In a 911 call, the victim said Kiper had a knife.

"He came up behind me and choked me on the ground. He told me to take off my pants," said the victim.

Jarrod Michael Kiper
image courtesy Durham County Sheriff's Office

The victim told police she was able to get away and the man fled. Police were later able to track down a suspect.

Police said the victim and the suspect did not appear to know each other.

At a court appearance Tuesday morning, a judge declined to lower Kiper's $1 million bond.

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