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CMPD makes arrest in 1980 rape case

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Contact: Rob Tufano, CMPD Public Affairs Office




Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit have charged Timothy Ray Benfield, DOB: 09/19/1961, in connection with a sexual assault that occurred on July 6, 1980. 
On July 6, 1980, the victim was asleep in her apartment located in the 9700 block of University City Boulevard when she was awakened by an armed suspect who was standing over her bed holding a knife.  The suspect sexually assaulted the victim and took several items from the inside her apartment before fleeing the scene.  After the suspect left, the victim immediately contacted police.  The victim was transported to the hospital where a sexual assault kit was completed.
The Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit reviewed this case and submitted a lab request for DNA testing.  On October 15, 2013, detectives were notified that there had been a DNA match from the evidence in the sexual assault kit.  The suspect was identified as Timothy Ray Benfield and detectives obtained warrants for Mr. Benfield’s arrest.  Detectives requested assistance from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.  Detectives with VCAT requested assistance from SLED who located and arrested Mr. Benfield in South Carolina on March 27, 2013.  Mr. Benfield waived extradition and returned today to Mecklenburg County.  Mr. Benfield was transported to police headquarters where he is currently being interviewed by detectives from the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit.
Upon completion of the interview, Mr. Benfield will be charged with 1st degree Rape, 1st degree Sex Offense, 1st degree Burglary, 2nd degree Kidnapping and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.  Mr. Benfield will be transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office where he will remain in custody.
The victim in this case has been located and has been involved in the proceedings of this case.
Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit