Man charged with sex offenses at two Charlotte nursing homes

By: Mark Becker

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police have arrested a man accused of sexual assault at two Charlotte nursing homes.

Alphonso Dawkins, 31, is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree forcible sex offense.

Alphonso Dawkins

Police responded Thursday night to the Charlotte Health and Rehab Center on Toddville Road in response to a possible sexual assault.

Officers said Dawkins was in an 85-year-old woman's room around 11:41 p.m. and claimed he was a family member. A witness called 911 and described Dawkins' vehicle.

Dawkins fled, but not before police said he sexually assaulted the woman.

Three hours later, police responded to the Brian Center Health and Rehab on Redmann Road. An 84-year-old woman told officers she was asleep and was woken up by a man in bed with her.

“I think disturbing is putting it mildly; 84, 85-year-old women,” said CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano.

The director of the Brian Center said they had him on surveillance cameras, and that he matched the description of the suspect in the Toddville Road attack.
 
It still isn't clear how Dawkins got into the facilities. Police are not ruling out the possibility that he may have done something similar at other nursing homes, but they don't have any evidence yet.

“Very disturbing that this could happen,” a family member said.  “You wonder what the security measures are and what's being done to make sure that people do take measures to keep the facility safe.”

Detectives are asking anyone with additional information concerning this case to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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