• 57°

Granite Quarry man charged with sexual assault of real estate agent

A Granite Quarry man is being held under $1 million bond, charged with the attempted rape of a real estate agent on Tuesday morning.
Brian Harold Cooper, 49, of the 100 block of Jack Street in Granite Quarry, is charged with one count of attempted first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree kidnapping.
According to reports from the Salisbury Police Department, officers were called to the Century 21 Towne and Country office on West Jake Alexander Boulevard Tuesday. They spoke to the victim, who said she had been in contact with Cooper the day before about buying a house. Cooper met with the agent at 10 a.m. at the office. The report says the two drove together to a home in Salisbury.
Once inside the house, the victim told police, Cooper grabbed her around the neck and started choking her. He then pulled a knife and told her if she did not do what he said, he would kill her. Cooper sexually assaulted the agent, according to the report. He then told her to take him to another home he was supposed to see that day.
The victim told Cooper she had to call her office, because they would think something was wrong if she did not. The report said he threatened her again not to tell anyone. The agent called the office and told them to get information for the house in Granite Quarry that the suspect was supposed to see. The company has a predetermined code word for agents to indicate they are in distress, and she gave that word.
The report says the victim and suspect then went to the Granite Quarry address and the suspect again pulled a knife and started to assault her. Minutes later, another agent arrived and walked in not knowing what was going on. The victim left immediately and the suspect rode with the other agent back to the office. As soon as the victim got in the car, she called 911 to report what had happened.
The suspect had already left the business when police arrived. Cooper was arrested at his residence about 9 p.m. Tuesday. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center, with a first court appearance scheduled for later today.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

Natoli promoted to assistant county manager, will retain human resources director title

Education

Attendance restriction lifted for RSS graduation ceremonies

Business

Rowan Chamber of Commerce will host in-person Power in Partnership on Thursday

Business

Rowan EDC will undergo name change, alter board requirements with updates to bylaws

Nation/World

Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive

Nation/World

Supreme Court to take up major abortion rights challenge

Nation/World

Biden boosting world vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

Crime

Man charged for stowing away on Norfolk Southern train, impeding railroad operations

Local

Group will protest treatment of Georgia woman during 2019 traffic stop

Crime

Man overdoses at Piedmont Correctional Institute

Crime

Sheriff’s Office: Two men escape from jail, found in bushes on Fulton Street

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be resurfaced?

Local

Political Notebook: Rowan’s lawmakers pass 140 bills into the opposite chamber before deadline

Local

Police chief to present use of force policy; city manager to present 2021-22 budget

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen vehicle

Coronavirus

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline

Local

Spencer is latest town updating its development ordinance

Local

Salisbury native Kristy Woodson Harvey makes NY Times bestseller list

Local

Board of Commissioners will convene for third time in May

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury, Kannapolis among recipients of Region of Excellence Awards