Crime

Raleigh police charge man with break-in, sexual assault

Police Tuesday charged that a man they had arrested Nov. 5 on secret-peeping charges was the person who broke into a house near North Carolina State University in the predawn hours of Oct. 31 and sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman there.

Pierre Ulysses Coley, 26, was in custody at the Wake County Detention Center when police accused him of the attack.

Arrest warrants charged Coley with first-degree burglary and second-degree sexual offense.

Coley, for whom authorities list no permanent address, was arrested Nov. 5 on the secret-peeping charge in which police accused him of using a cell phone to take a picture of a woman in a Target store.

The peeping incident happened Oct. 12. Police distributed a security-camera photo Oct. 26 and asked the public to help them find the man in it.

Tips in response to that request led them to Coley, police said.

The new charges raised Coley’s bail to $215,000. He was due for a court appearance Wednesday.

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