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Man arrested for 1985 rapes says it's 'bad timing'

The man arrested in connection to a sexual assault cold case that happened nearly 30 years ago and involved two juveniles made his first appearance in court Thursday.

Anthony Wyrick, 56, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of first degree rape, three counts of sex offenses, and two counts of first degree kidnapping and burglary.

He appeared before the judge Thursday via video monitor from the jail. He appeared to be in poor health, sitting in a wheelchair and coughing.

Wyrick told the judge during the appearance that it was bad timing because, he says, he has medical problems and needs treatment.

He asked for his bond hearing to be moved up, but Judge Theo Nixon denied that request, saying that the bond hearing set for October 6, as well as Wyrick's probable cause hearing set for October 15, would take place as planned.

The incident happened on September 7, 1985 at an apartment on Park Fairfax Drive in northwest Charlotte.

Police say two girls, 15 and 16-years-old, were asleep in the apartment when they were awoken by a man who had broken in using a crowbar and went to their bedroom.

That man then bound and sexually assaulted both girls before leaving the scene. The victims were able to get untied and call for assistance.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police recently reopened the investigation and submitted evidence from the case to a forensic lab in South Carolina.

Based on that evidence, Wyrick was named as a suspect.

Early Wednesday morning Wyrick was picked up in Rowan County. He was then brought to Charlotte where he was interviewed by detectives and arrested on the charges.

Wyrick has an extensive criminal history in Rowan County, including felony drug and second-degree rape convictions. He was also arrested in August on weapons and drug charges after a search of his home and safe deposit box.

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