Po­lice say Raleigh sus­pect may have raped in Durham

The News & Observer - - Triangle & N.c. - 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 might be re­spon­si­ble for the rape of a Durham woman seven months later.

Raleigh de­tec­tives ar­rested Sean Thomas Klinek, 28, in Wilm­ing­ton in Oc­to­ber on charges that he kid­napped, beat and raped a girl near the Do- min­ion 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 had been sex­u­ally as­saulted, and the at­tacks 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 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 vic­tim is an artist and was able to draw a de­tailed sketch of the man who as­saulted her at­tack about a week af­ter the as­sault.

In Fe­bru­ary, the girl saw Klinek’s mug shot on a lo­cal news sta­tion af­ter 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’ pro­ba­tion for be­ing an ac­ces­sory in an armed rob­bery in Orange County.

In Wake County, Klinek was con­victed in 2015 of mis­de­meanor as­sault 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.

Sean Klinek

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