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Raleigh police hope public will help identify sex-assault suspect

Raleigh police are asking the public for help in identifying and finding this man, who they say is suspected in a sexual assault on a woman who was walking on New Bern Avenue on the evening of May 1.
Raleigh police are asking the public for help in identifying and finding this man, who they say is suspected in a sexual assault on a woman who was walking on New Bern Avenue on the evening of May 1.

Police have been unable to find a man suspected in a May 1 sexual assault of a woman walking on New Bern Avenue, and they are turning to the public for help in identifying him.

The man, of whom police are distributing a sketch, was described as about 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, black, wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap and having the name “Jamal” tattooed on the right side of his neck.

The woman told police she encountered four men in the 4100 block of New Bern Avenue about 8:45 p.m.

Two of the men forced her into a nearby tree line and assaulted her, she told detectives.

Police are asking people who believe they recognize the suspect or who have other information that might help detectives to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-HELP (4357) or visit the CrimeStoppers website for text and email reporting options.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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