Crime & Courts

Man charged in sexual assault of woman on McAlpine Greenway

Police arrested a 20-year-old man after a woman was sexually assaulted while walking her dog on the McAlpine Greenway in southeast Charlotte Tuesday afternoon.

Police charged Tenedrick Quinteras Strudwick of Charlotte with first-degree forcible rape, armed robbery, first-degree forcible sex offense, first-degree kidnapping and possession of marijuana. Strudwick was jailed with bail set at $326,000.

The victim told police she was walking her dog about 5:15 p.m. when a man stopped to talk with her. The man then took a sock from his pocket and hit her several times in her head with an unknown blunt object that was in the sock.

The man then dragged her into woods in the 7400 block of Terrace Drive, sexually assaulted her and left, police said.

The woman was able to return to the trail and seek help from someone who called 911. Medic took the victim to Carolinas Medical Center.

Responding officers broadcast a description of the suspect. With help from a CMPD helicopter, officers found a man matching the assailant’s description in the 10600 block of East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Police said they found the woman’s cellphone on the man, whom they identified as Strudwick. Strudwick was arrested, taken to police headquarters for questioning and then charged.

Police ask that anyone with information about the assault call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak