A south Charlotte man charged last month with sexually assaulting two of his neighbors now faces new counts.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Wednesday said they used DNA to link Phillip George Payton, 20, with two additional attacks.

Payton, who lived in the Yorktown Garden apartments near Tyvola Road and South Boulevard, was arrested in October and charged with assaulting a woman in February and another in September.

Police say evidence now links Payton to an October assault as well as an attempted rape in June 2008.

All of the alleged victims lived in the same apartment complex as Payton. Police allege that in each case the attacker entered through a sliding door or window.

Payton, who had no criminal record in North Carolina, initially was charged with one count of second-degree rape, one count of second-degree sex offense, two counts of kidnapping, 1 count of assault on a female and two counts of first-degree burglary.

He faces new charges of second-degree rape, attempted first-degree rape, assault on a child under 12 and burglary. He’s being held in Mecklenburg Jail on more than $600,000 bond.

Anyone with information regarding these cases can call lead Sexual Assault Unit Detective Mike Melendez at 704-353-0560. The public also may phone in anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600. Tipsters who provide important in information relating to the case may earn a reward of up to $1,000.

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