Cold case solved? Inmate charged in 2009 rape in Fayetteville

Dynell Nixon of Fayetteville now faces rape charges (Fayetteville Police)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A man who is current in prison on sex offender charges is now charged with rape from a case that dates from seven years ago.

The Fayetteville Police said Wednesday that Dynell Lamar Nixon, 48, is charged for a rape on April 21, 2009.

The Fayetteville Police Department Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit obtained the warrant for his arrest. Nixon is currently serving a prison sentence for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

On the night of this incident, the 22-year-old victim  had just left work and was waiting for a ride home.  Nixon approached the victim and forced her at knife point to the rear of a building where he raped her, police said.

The case was investigated but eventually inactivated due to lack of leads.   The case was reopened Cold Case Sexual Assault UniT and Nixon was identified as the suspect.  DNA evidence has linked Nixon to the crime, police said.

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