Fayetteville police charge man in 1990 rape

May 13, 2019

Police said Monday that they have charged a man in a 1990 Fayetteville rape case.

Timothy Keller, 60, has been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

A woman was at an ATM on Hope Mills Road on April 25, 1990, when she was kidnapped at gunpoint, driven to an isolated location and raped, police said.

Detectives investigated the case in 1990, but it went unsolved. The case was recently reopened after investigators sent the sexual assault evidence kit for DNA testing.

Keller is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Florida on unrelated charges. Police said he will be extradited to North Carolina so they can charge him in the 1990 rape.

A special Fayetteville Police Department unit has cleared numerous old rape cases in recent months through renewed investigation and DNA testing, including assaults attributed to the “Ramsey Street rapist” and the “do-rag rapist.”