Woman attacked and raped while walking along Fayetteville trail, police say

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) -- A woman was attacked and raped while walking along a trail in Fayetteville earlier this month, police said Friday.

The incident happened on Saturday, Nov. 12 around 3 p.m. while the victim was in the area of Linear Park, according to an email from Fayetteville Police.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was walking on the Linear Park Trail when she was attacked and raped by an unknown suspect," police said.

"This suspect needs to be identified for this heinous act and arrested," police added.

The suspect was described by police as a black male, in his mid- to late-30s, approximately 6 feet tall, medium build and a light to medium skin complexion.  The suspect was described as having a deep voice, a scar on his nose, appeared to be clean shaven and had a short hair style, according to police.

Police said the suspect was possibly driving a dark dull, older model four-door sedan with tinted windows.

Linear Park Trail is a pathway that winds along Cross Creek from Ray Avenue to the Cape Fear River, according to the park's Facebook page. Police did not specify on which part of the trail the attack happened.

Anyone with information regarding the rape investigation or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective R. DeShields with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 580-3016 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).


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