Man accused of trying to rape Durham jogger

Jarrod Kiper appears in a Durham courtroom Tuesday. (WNCN)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A man is being held on a $1 million bond after being charged with Durham attempted rape.

Jarrod Kiper appeared in court Tuesday on the attempted rape charges. He was arrested Monday at 6:10 p.m.

His next court appearance is June 7.

The victim made a frantic 911 call around 4:15 p.m. Monday afternoon on the corner of Englewood Avenue and Virgie Street.

“I was running and I saw somebody behind me who I thought was just somebody else running and then I turned down the side street,” she told the 911 operator. “Then he came up behind me and grabbed me and forced me on the ground and started choking me and he told me to take off my pants.”

That harrowing 911 call came in minutes after a woman said she was attacked outside while jogging.

“Then I kind of like pushed him off and then yelled at him,” she said over the phone.

The suspect didn’t get far.

Police arrested 37-year-old Kiper one block away in front of an elementary school. Witnesses reported Kiper was on the ground without shoes on and didn’t appear to know where he was.

Melissa Godwin, a neighbor, was stunned to hear what happened.

“I actually run in this area,” she said. “So it was definitely a little like, ‘Oh!’ But I’ve never even thought twice about running in this neighborhood.”

The victim told police she was not physically hurt and her attacker ran away once she started screaming.

Godwin said she’s going to be more aware next time she goes for a jog.

“I’m glad that nothing happened to her,” she said. “But it still is scary that something could happen so quickly that someone could come up and attack you all of a sudden.”

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