Police charge man after randomly attacking woman

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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MONROE, N.C. - Police recently tracked down and charged a man after they said he randomly attacked a woman last summer.

Police said Antravious Briggs, 26, is facing charges after he attacked a 59-year-old woman at random and tried to rape her in June.
 
It happened just feet from the woman's home off Castle Road in Monroe.
 
People living in this east Monroe community are angry to hear what happened to one of their neighbors.
 
Monroe police said Briggs didn't know his victim but was her neighbor.
 
Channel 9 went back to the neighborhood where police said the attack happened.

No one recognized Briggs, but they are upset about the assault.

"I just can't understand that why he would even try to attempt something like that" says Clifford Barrino, a neighbor.

Police said Briggs had been on the run since November, and they tracked him down this week in a South Carolina jail on drug charges.
 
“He did something in South Carolina on some other charges, and his name flagged and we were able to go down and pick him up on these charges,” said Pete Hovanec with the Monroe Police Department.
 
Tonight people in the community said they're relieved Briggs is behind bars.

He faces second-degree sex offense charges and remains behind bars on $20,000 bond.

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