Man accused of sneaking into rooms at Charlotte rehab centers for sexual assaults

Charlotte Health & Rehabilitation Center
Charlotte Health & Rehabilitation Center

A Charlotte man has been arrested for allegedly slipping into two area rehab centers where he climbed into the beds of patients and sexually assaulted them.

Alphonzo Dawkins, 31, confessed to the crimes and was charged with three counts of second-degree sex offense and two counts of first-degree breaking and entering, said Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.

Dawkins Mecklenburg County Jail

The first incident was reported Thursday, police said. Officers said they were called at 11:41 p.m. to the Charlotte Health and Rehab Center on Toddville Road and told a man had been found in the room of a patient. The suspect claimed to be a family member, witnesses told police. However, he quickly fled the center, officials said.

On Friday, police received a similar report at 2:40 a.m. from the Brian Center Health and Rehab on Redmann Road. Officers were told that a patient was asleep and was awakened earlier that night by a strange man in bed with her.

Police said descriptions of the suspects in both cases matched.

Evidence led police to identify and arrest Dawkins on Tuesday at 11:32 p.m., officials said. Records show Dawkins was arrested in March in Charlotte and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest.

Court records show he has been found guilty in North Carolina of: injury to property; receiving a stolen vehicle; possession of a firearm by a felon; larceny of a motor vehicle; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; attempted common law robbery; resisting a public officer and carrying a concealed gun.