2 sex assault, break-in cases at apartment complex may be connected

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are investigating sexual assault and break-in cases in northeast Charlotte that may be connected.

Police said women reported being sexually assaulted by a stranger who broke into their homes in two cases.

"I've had insomnia since that first incident happened,” said Missy Reyes, who lives at the apartment complex. “I can't sleep well at night."

Each of the cases happened at the Maple Run Apartments on Canterwood Drive, just off Tom Hunter Road, and the suspect broke in through the back door.

"I put a wooden stick going across the back-sliding door, because they are pretty flimsy," Reyes said.

Channel 9 covered the first case in September and police said the second case happened on Oct. 25.

"It's very concerning, because I live alone and I do come and go," resident Linda Blakeney said.

Officials said the victims gave similar descriptions of the suspect -- a medium-build man, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the assaults.

Police are asking community members to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. If you see anything or anyone suspicious, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

No other information has been released.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.