Security guard raped, robbed at gunpoint in South End

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are working to identify the person they say raped and robbed a woman working as a security guard at gunpoint in South End. 

Police say the attack occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 2:57 a.m. Monday at an apartment construction site near 145 New Bern Street in South End.

The 32-year-old victim was a security guard doing her rounds at a building under construction on New Bern Street. She told officers that the suspect approached her, showed a gun and forced her into a room where the assault took place.

He left the room and surveillance video from the area shows a person jumping over the light rail tracks and running. The guard told police she had encounted the man twice last week when she found him sleeping at the construction site and asked him to leave. 

The victim sustained bruises and scratches during the attack and was taken to Atrium Health-Main for treatment, according to the police report. 

The suspect is described as a black man with a thin build, between five-foot-five and five-foot-eight. He has a small messy afro and a full beard. Police say he last seen wearing a black hoodie, gray sweatpants with gray shorts over top the sweatpants.

Anyone with information about this case or the suspect is asked to call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.