Crime

13-year-old Charlotte boy arrested in 2 sexual assaults

A 13-year-old Charlotte boy has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl and 24-year-old woman in separate attacks in January, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Monday.

A DNA match from a suspect in a robbery case helped police identify the assailant in the assaults, Lt. Melanie Peacock of CMPD’s Westover Division said at a news conference at CMPD headquarters on Monday afternoon. “It’s about as brazen as we’re going to see,” Peacock said of the assaults.

The attacker and the victims did not know each other, Peacock said. Police detained the suspect on Friday, and he is in a juvenile detention facility, she said. His name is not being released because he is not charged as an adult.

Both attacks occurred in the Westover Division, which covers parts of west Charlotte, including Tyvola Road, Woodlawn Road and Remount Road.

The first attack occurred Jan. 10 in a laundry room at the Brookrun Apartments in the 900 block of Brookrun Drive, off Scaleybark Road, police said.

The 17-year-old victim told police she was doing laundry in the apartment complex laundry room when a teenage male entered the room. As the victim was leaving the room, the suspect grabbed her, threw her to the ground and tried to sexually assault her, police said. While the victim was trying to fight off the suspect, a person entered the laundry room and the suspect ran away.

At about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23, a 24-year-old woman was “brutally attacked” while on her fitness walk in the 4400 block of Murrayhill Road, Peacock said. The attacker pinned the woman to the ground, Peacock said. She was forcibly fondled, but she fought back and screamed, and the attacker ran away, according to police. Murrayhill Road is between Scaleybark and East Woodlawn roads

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Police obtained home surveillance video from the neighborhood, but the attack wasn’t clear enough in the video, Peacock said.

Peacock said police are investigating no other sexual attacks related to the 13-year-old suspect. She said the attacker acted alone and that he lives “not far” from the attacks.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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