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Cary Police Search for Suspect in Weekend Sexual Assault

April 14, 2014

CARY, NC – The Cary Police Department is investigating an attack on a young woman who was sexually assaulted after an unknown man forced his way into her apartment on Saturday, April 12. At about 9 a.m., police responded to the Hawthorne at the Parkway complex in Cary where the 20-year-old woman reported that a man who had been behind her in traffic followed her home, pulled up to her in the parking lot and warned her of damage to her vehicle. After thanking him she headed to her apartment, where the same man pushed her inside as she was unlocking the door.

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven, light skinned black male, 6’1”, weighing 200 pounds, with short black hair and pronounced green eyes that could be contacts. He was driving a red or burgundy SUV. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls will be kept CONFIDENTIAL at caller's request.

Citizens are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings at all times and take precaution if they believe they are watched or followed.

  • If anyone follows you, look confident and let him or her know you are aware of his/her presence. Don't be polite or engage in conversation.
  • If they continue to follow you, cross the street and/or change directions.
  • If this doesn't work, walk toward other people or occupied buildings and stay away from places where you might get cornered.
  • If someone in a car follows you and is persistent or becomes obscene, write down the license tag number and report it to the police department or Highway Patrol as soon as possible.
  • If you are trapped in your car, honk your horn in quick short bursts to attract people's attention.
  • Make sure that all of the car doors are locked whenever you leave your vehicle.
  • When returning to your car, have your keys ready so you can enter your car quickly and be aware of your surroundings. If you have to look into a purse or a pocket to find them, it takes extra time and you lose sight of what is around you, which could allow someone to sneak up on you.
  • As you approach your car, look underneath to make sure no one is hiding there. Before you enter your car, look to see if all of the doors are locked or if there are any uninvited passengers in the back seat or on the floor. If your door locks are not the way you left them or you see someone inside, leave the area as quickly as possible and notify the police department.

For more crime prevention tips, see the Police Department section of or call (919) 469-4324. For real-time crime updates, follow the Town of Cary’s Safety feed on Twitter @TOC_Safety.



Capt. Don Hamilton, Criminal Investigations, (919) 469-4017
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240


Town of Cary Police Department

Cary Crime Stoppers