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Charges Filed in 1990 Cold Case Rape Investigation

Post Date:04/27/2020 11:42 AM



Gina V. Hawkins

Chief of Police

Release: IMMEDIATE                       Contact:  Sgt. J. Glass, Public Information Officer

Date: April 24, 2020                           Phone: (910) 433-1487


Charges Filed in 1990 Cold Case Rape Investigation



(Fayetteville, NC) – Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit have charged two suspects in connection with a rape which occurred in February of 1990.


Jack Blackwell, Sr., (I/M, 59 years of age), of Fayetteville, NC and Bruce Wayne Miller, (I/M, 56 years of age), Spring Lake, NC have both been charged with First Degree Rape and Common Law Robbery.


Jack Blackwell Sr Bruce Wayne Miller

                                       Blackwell                                  Miller


During the investigation the victim indicted she was staying at a local motel in the 2300 block of Gillespie St. While at the motel Blackwell and Miller raped the victim and robbed her of her belongings.


Blackwell has been arrested and is currently being held in the Cumberland County Detention Facility on a $50,000.00 secured bond.  The second suspect, Bruce Wayne Miller, is currently incarcerated in Coleman Medium Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Sumterville, FL on charges stemming from the robbery of a convenience store.


The initial investigation in 1990 went unsolved; however, the sexual assault kit from this case was recently tested utilizing funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s FY2016 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant and Blackwell was identified as a suspect.  Additional information about the federal initiative can be found at


Anyone with information concerning a sexual assault case is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at (910) 433-1851 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting and completing the anonymous online tip sheet, or by downloading the FREE “P3 Tips” app available for Apple devices in the Apple App Store and available for Android devices in Google Play.



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