Fayetteville police arrest 2 in sexual assault cold cases

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville police said two men have been arrested in connection with two sexual assault cold cases dating back to 2003 and 2004.

Joshua Mills, 37, of the 1100 block of Aventon Gin Road in Whitakers was arrested by members of the Fayetteville police’s Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit.

Robert Brown

Joshua Mills
Joshua Mills

Mills, a registered sex offender, faces charges in connection to a Feb. 2003 rape.

A 35-year-old victim said she was trying to get from downtown Fayetteville to Raeford Road when she was offered a ride.

The driver of the car stopped the vehicle near Eastern Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway, punched her in the face and raped her, police said.

DNA evidence collected from a sexual assault kit link Mills to the rape.

He is charged with second-degree rape and assault on a female.

He was taken into custody in Nash County and brought back to Cumberland County Friday where he is being held under a $150,000 secured bond.

Also Friday, Robert Brown, 62, of the 600 block of Volunteer Drive, was arrested in connection with a July 2004 rape.

Robert Brown
Robert Brown

Police said a 16-year-old reported being raped in girl in the area of Caledonia Circle and McLamb Drive.

Brown denied being involved in the rape and willingly submitted his DNA to police.

In Dec. 2005, the State Crime lab told Fayetteville police Brown’s DNA was found in a sexual assault kit taken from the16-year-old victim.

The case was closed after attempts to re-establish contact with her failed.

The case was reviewed in 2015, allowing police to charged Brown with second-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery.

Brown was taken to the Cumberland County jail Friday and is being held under a $500,000 secured bond.

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