A man wanted by the local police on suspicion that he sexually assaulted a woman in Charlotte was found dead in New York City.
The 34-year-old suspect was reported dead on January 29 — five days after a woman in Charlotte reported that she had been sexually assaulted.
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) believe that the man who was found dead in New York is responsible for the Charlotte attack, and they have closed the sexual assault case, according to a CMPD statement on Monday.
The statement said the man’s death was confirmed by the New York Police Department, but it did not say how the suspect died.
On January 24 at about 2:23 a.m., a woman in Charlotte told CMPD officers that she was assaulted and robbed by a man she had met minutes earlier. The suspect ran off after a “community member was alerted to the assault and called 9-1-1,” according to CMPD.
During the investigation, CMPD detectives learned that the suspect lived in New York, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. While working with New York law enforcement officials to find the suspect, the CMPD detectives were told that he had been found dead.The suspect had faced charges of second-degree sex offense, first-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, misdemeanor larceny, and two counts of second-degree rape.