INFORMATIONAL MESSAGE FROM ALERT CAROLINA: Arrest made in SECU House Assault Investigation

INFORMATIONAL MESSAGE FROM ALERT CAROLINA: Arrest made in SECU House Assault Investigation.

The UNC Department of Public Safety arrested Rafael Sierra Gaona early Tuesday morning (Sept. 17) on charges of second-degree rape related to the incident occurring at the State Employees Credit Union House on Mason Farm Road Friday evening (Sept. 13).

This notice is an update to the previous Alert Carolina “Timely Warning” message issued this past Saturday (Sept. 14):

UNC Public Safety wishes to thank the University community and its partner law enforcement agencies for their assistance in bringing the suspect into custody.

Continue to monitor Alert Carolina website ( for any further developments in the investigation into this incident. Call 911 immediately to report any and all suspicious activity on or near campus. For a list of safety tips, see the following link through the Alert Carolina page:

ABOUT THIS EMAIL: Campus-wide email is not an instant source of information as part of the University’s timely warning notification process. Text messages sent to registered cell phone users are the fastest way for the University to notify you. That’s why email messages like this one will always include a timestamp to indicate when the message was sent. The University’s Emergency Notification System is activated using a strategy that is based on redundancy, using multiple methods to communicate. The best, most up-to-date source of information will always be the Alert Carolina website,

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