Crime & Courts

Police make arrest in 29-year-old Charlotte cold case rapes

Police have made an arrest in a 29-year-old cold case in which two teenagers were tied up and raped by a man who broke into a home with a crowbar.

Anthony Wyrick, 56, was arrested in Rowan County on Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of rape, three counts of sex offense, two counts kidnapping and two counts of burglary, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

The rapes happened on Sept. 7, 1985, in an apartment on Park Fairfax Drive, near where Freedom Drive meets Little Rock Road.

Police say a man forced his way into the apartment with a crowbar and gained access to a bedroom where a 15-year-old girl and her 16-year-old friend were sleeping. He tied both girls up and sexually assaulted them before fleeing.

Later, the girls were able to untie themselves and call for help. But the case remained unsolved for nearly three decades.

Members of CMPD’s cold case unit reopened the case in 2011 and submitted evidence to the Beaufort County, S.C., sheriff’s lab, which ultimately identified Wyrick as a suspect.

The CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has reviewed 2,304 cases since it began in 2008. Of those cases, 167 have been cleared, 63 of them by arrest.

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