Judge denies request to lower bond for accused ‘Ramsey Street Rapist’

Cumberland County News
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A judge has denied a request to lower the bond for the man accused of being the “Ramsey Street Rapist.” 

Darold Bowden appeared in Cumberland County court Tuesday following his arrest in August. 

The judge’s ruling keeps Bowden behind bars on an $18.8 million bond.

District Attorney Billy West said in court there are two other possible victims of the “Ramsey Street Rapist”- one rape occurred in 1998 and the other in 2012. Bowden is not currently charged in those rapes. 

Bowden, 43, of Linden, was arrested connection with six rapes that date back to 2006 in the North Fayetteville/Ramsey Street area.

  • March 31, 2006 – Village at Carvers Falls Apartments
  • Aug. 23, 2006 – 4400 block of Ramsey Street
  • Feb. 12, 2007 – Apartments on Bubble Creek Court
  • March 6, 2007 – Village at Carvers Falls Apartments
  • Sept. 18, 2007 – Heather Ridge Apartments
  • Jan. 26, 2008 – Apartments on Bubble Creek Court

In court, prosecutors said DNA evidence connects Bowden to four of the six rapes he is charged with committing.

However, the manner of how the women were assaulted in the other rapes match – including the assaults in 1998 and 2012, prosecutors said. Explicit details of the rapes were shared in court to show the connection. 

Tuesday would be the first time some victims would see the man police charged with raping them. 

Bowden had around two dozen supporters in the courtroom. Defense attorneys used that as part of their request to have his bond lowered. 

CBS 17’s Marius Payton spoke to a woman who said she was a victim of the Ramsey Street Rapist. 

You can watch Payton’s four-part series here

CBS 17 will update this story as new information develops in court. 

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