Crime

911 caller said she might have seen suspected attacker in Cary rape case

Antwain Lamar Dennis
Antwain Lamar Dennis

A woman who called 911 to report that another woman was sexually assaulted at a senior-living community in Cary told a dispatcher she might have passed the attacker on her way to see the victim.

Investigators on Monday made public a heavily redacted 911 call from the Woodland Terrace apartments at 300 Kildaire Woods Drive. The caller, who was not identified, said she passed by a man who was wearing a camouflage jacket just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday, shortly after the alleged attack.

Cary police are searching for Antwain Lamar Dennis, 35, who faces charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree forcible rape and first-degree kidnapping. Police say Dennis often wears a camouflage jacket and is considered armed and dangerous.

Dennis allegedly entered the victim’s apartment unit through the front door and told her he was carrying a pistol, according to Capt. Randall Rhyne of the Cary Police Department.

“I saw one gentleman on the way up, but I have no idea if that was the attacker,” the caller told a 911 dispatcher. The caller said the victim contacted her after the attacker left.

The caller, relaying information from the alleged victim, described the attacker as a “short black male” with a “little mustache and short hair.”

The dispatcher asked if weapons were involved in the attack.

“So he threatened with a gun but she never saw it?” the dispatcher asked.

“Correct,” the caller said.

Dennis allegedly entered the victim’s apartment unit through the front door and told the victim he was carrying a pistol, according to Rhyne.

The 911 caller said the front doors of the apartment community were locked and asked if she should leave the victim’s apartment to let in the police. The dispatcher told the caller to stay on the phone while going to meet the police.

“I want to make sure just in case if (the attacker) is still in the building that we are on the phone with you and you can let us know what’s going on, OK, so you get safely to the officers,” the dispatcher said.

Police describe Dennis as black man who stands about 5-feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. If you see Dennis, police say, do not approach him. Call 911.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald

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