CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was 1979, and a then 20-year-old UNCC college student says she had just been raped.
“I was scared to death. I was scared out of my mind,” said an alleged ‘ski-mask rapist’ victim from her living room Thursday morning. Now a 53-year-old bank worker and mother of two, she did not want to be identified.
The woman said the man wore a ski-mask when he broke into her Carmel Road apartment and attacked her decades ago. She showed NewsChannel 36 the yellowing newspaper clips saved from when it happened.
“He proceeded to rape me and he tied me up with my pantyhose and my undergarments and he told me if I called the police he would be back and he would kill me.”
Now more than 30 years later, she's certain she's close to getting justice.
“I saw his picture and I froze my TV on that and I just keep looking and my gut is telling me, ‘That is the jerk who took my life, basically.’”
Police call 62-year-old Jerry Lee Brooks the ski-mask rapist. They believe he targeted women in apartments across Charlotte in the late 70’s.
He's facing charges for three attacks but is suspected in many more. The woman NewsChannel 36 talked to says there were 11 victims who in 1979 police brought together trying to solve the crimes.
Detectives told NewsChannel 36 late Thursday that a second woman had recently came forward as well.
Brooks is still in a South Carolina jail awaiting extradition.
Detectives said they are trying to track other cities where he lived to see if there may be more victims out there.
“I want to see him put away for life, I want to see him put away.”