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Carrboro Police Investigate Attempted Sexual Assault

Man Reportedly Entered Woman’s Home While She Slept

CARRBORO, N.C. — Carrboro police are looking for a man who tried to sexually assault a woman in her own home.

One of the victims in the February attacks gave this composite of the suspect.

Investigators said the suspect was wearing running clothes and an Ace bandage on his knee.

The victim told police she was asleep in her home on North Greensboro Street when the man came in about 5 a.m. Saturday and started to asssault her. She said she woke up and began yelling at him, at which point he fled the residence.

The suspect was described as a noticeably dark-skinned Latino male, possibly in his late teens to mid 20’s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a slender, lean build and thick short dark hair that unevenly covered his forehead. He had no facial hair and spoke English in a soft, quiet voice with no discernible accent.

Carrboro police still are investigating two reported rapes and a sexual assault in women’s homes in February. In two of the cases, the suspect was described as Hispanic.

Police do not know if all four cases are related. But they said there was a possibility the first three were.

And if that weren’t bad enough, I’ve got a maniac over where I work…

Police Make Arrest Following 2 Attacks In Duke Forest

Two Assaults About 20 Minutes Apart Saturday

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke police have arrested a man in connection with the attack of a female jogger in Duke Forest Saturday afternoon.

The man also is being questioned about a separate attack that happened 20 minutes later, when another female jogger was stabbed in the abdomen.

Lorenzo Espinosa Mondragon, 28, of 412 E. Pilot St., Apt L-7, Durham, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for the first incident, said Duke police Maj. Phyllis Cooper.

Cooper said Mondragon was stopped by Duke police as he left Duke Forest about 8 p.m. Saturday, not far from where the second attack occurred.

The charge against Mondragon is related to an attack on a woman who was jogging in Duke Forest, off N.C. 751 near Kerley Road, about 5:10 p.m. Saturday.

The woman was confronted by a man holding a knife who jumped out of the bushes and stood in her path, Cooper said.

The woman managed to run away and call police from a nearby food market.

About 20 minutes later, Cooper said, another woman was stabbed as she jogged near N.C. 751, west of Old Erwin Road.

The woman was found lying on the path by a man who notified Duke police. She was taken to Duke University Hospital, but her condition was not available Saturday evening.

Duke police also plan to question Mondragon about a similar incident that occurred a week ago, Cooper said. In that June 19 incident, a woman told police she was jogging in the forest near the intersection of N.C. 751 and U.S. 70 around 5:35 p.m. when a man holding a pair of kitchen shears stopped her and demanded she go into the woods with him.

The woman managed to escape unharmed.

That suspect was described as a Hispanic male, about 30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 155 to 175 pounds, stocky in build with black hair.

Cooper said Duke police posted flyers in the forest after the June 19 incident, warning people of the attempted attack and asking for anyone with information to contact police. She said Saturday night that additional flyers will be posted, and Duke police will step up patrols in the forest.

Anyone with information on any of the incidents is asked to call Duke police at 684-2444 or First Sgt. Gary Smith at 684-6424.


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