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15-year-old arrested in connection to 2 cases of sexual assault

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Charlotte Mecklenburg police say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to two sexual assaults in west Charlotte

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, officers say the teen was arrested and charged with first degree rape in connection to two sexual assaults that took place at the same apartment complex on Forestbrook Drive. 

In those incidents, two women told police that they awoke to find a stranger in their apartment. The women were both raped by the suspect, and provided similar descriptions of a thin, black male, approximately five-foot-nine to six feet tall wearing a mask. One victim said he was wearing a burgundy or maroon sweatshirt, and the other described dark clothing.

Police said during a press conference on Monday, Aug. 12 that the M.O. appeared to be the same in both cases after the victims told officers what he said and did while in their homes.

Detectives were also investigating to see if the Forestbrook Drive suspect was involved in two break-ins that took place less than 10 minutes away. 

LINK: Police say 4 incidents of sexual assault, breaking and entering could be related

In one of those incidents, which took place on Hoskins Ridge Lane, a woman said she woke up around 2 a.m. to find a man in her bedroom touching her buttocks. She said the man walked down the hallway and out the door after she woke up. She also described the suspect as about six feet tall, this time wearing a hoodie pulled up to cover his face and burgundy pants.

A woman on Springmont Drive called 911 around 5:30 a.m. after she woke up to a man standing over her. She said she yelled at him, and he ran from the bedroom out the front door. As she ran to lock the door behind him, she said he came back inside and made sexual comments toward her before leaving again. That victim described the suspect as a thin, black teenager with unkempt hair, about five-foot-nine tall wearing burgundy or red pants.

Police did not say that the investigation into the suspect is continuing, but did say additional charges may come down from the District Attorney’s Office. They are not releasing the suspect‘s name or photo at this time due to his age.

Anyone with additional information about this case or any others should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.