Po­lice: Raleigh rape sus­pect may have raped in Durham

The Herald Sun - - Local - BY THOMASI MC­DON­ALD tm­c­don­[email protected]­sob­server.com

Po­lice think a man ac­cused of rap­ing a 15-yearold girl in North Raleigh in May 2017 may be re­spon­si­ble for the rape of a Durham woman seven months later.

Raleigh de­tec­tives ar­rested 28-year-old Sean Thomas Klinek in Wilm­ing­ton in Oc­to­ber on charges that he kid­napped, beat and raped a girl near the Do­min­ion Park neigh­bor­hood on May 28, 2017.

Two search war­rants made pub­lic Wed­nes­day re­veal that in­ves­ti­ga­tors sus­pect Klinek raped a 32-year-old woman in Durham on Dec. 9, 2017. He has not been charged in the case.

The vic­tim’s hus­band told po­lice that he found his wife in a wooded area out­side their home on Pen­rith Drive in South Durham. The woman was un­con­scious and her pants were around her an­kles, Raleigh Det. T. Leonard wrote in court doc­u­ments.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors noted sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the Durham and Raleigh cases, court doc­u­ments show. Both vic­tims had been struck in the head and sex­u­ally as­saulted, and the in­ci­dents oc­curred within 10 miles of each other.

The Raleigh teen told po­lice on June 1, 2017, that she was walk­ing home from a com­mu­nity pool four days ear­lier when she was at­tacked from be­hind and then raped. She said she saw her at­tacker’s face.

The teen said she went home and slept for about three hours and when she woke up she had no mem­ory of the at­tack for days af­ter­ward. She later sought med­i­cal treat­ment and was di­ag­nosed as suf­fer­ing from a con­cus­sion, po­lice said.

The teen is an artist and was able to draw a de­tailed sketch of the man who as­saulted her at­tack about a week after the in­ci­dent.

In Fe­bru­ary, the girl saw Klinek’s mug shot on a lo­cal news sta­tion fol­low­ing his ar­rest re­lated to a rob­bery in Chapel Hill. The pho­to­graph re­sem­bled her sketch.

“She was able to draw a pic­ture,” Wake County pros­e­cu­tor Katy Pomeroy told The News & Ob­server’s me­dia part­ner, ABC11, at the time of Klinek’s ar­rest. “She’s an ex­cel­lent artist and was able to draw a pic­ture of her at­tacker right then. She said ‘I never knew him. I’ve never met him.’ ”

The girl iden­ti­fied Klinek in a photo lineup, po­lice said. Klinek was charged Oct. 18 with first­de­gree forcible rape, first­de­gree kid­nap­ping and as­sault in­flict­ing se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury.

Last year, a judge sen­tenced Klinek to two years of pro­ba­tion for be­ing an ac­ces­sory after the fact in

an armed rob­bery in Or­ange County.

In Wake County, Klinek was con­victed in 2015 of mis­de­meanor as­sault on a fe­male and in 2014 of mis­de­meanor false im­pris­on­ment.

He served four months in prison after be­ing con­victed of felony drug posses­sion. In­ves­ti­ga­tors on Nov. 7 ob­tained a search war­rant for Klinek’s cell­phone. The next day, they got a war­rant to ob­tain a DNA sam­ple from Klinek.

Klinek, of Apex, re­mains in cus­tody at the Wake County jail, a jail spokesman said Wed­nes­day.

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