Police: Woman raped in University area New Years' Day

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a man they say raped a woman on New Years' Day in the University area.

The 54-year-old woman told police that she was raped about 10 p.m. by a man in the parking lot by Ikea and Goodwill on 5808 University Pointe Blvd.

Preliminary information indicates that the victim and suspect met earlier in the day and he bought her lunch at a local restaurant before the incident occurred, police said. 

Police said they have identified the man and say that he is cooperating fully in the investigation

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600. There is up to a $1,000 cash reward for information concerning the case.