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NC man charged in assault of real estate agent

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SALISBURY, N.C. -

Authorities in Salisbury say a man is jailed in connection with the attempted rape of a real estate agent.

Police say 49-year-old Brian Harold Cooper of Granite Quarry faces several charges, including attempted first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. He is being held in the Rowan County jail under a $1 million bond.

According to Salisbury police, the assailant pulled a knife on the agent inside a home she had arranged to show him and threatened to kill her.

Before they went to a second house they were scheduled to see, the agent said she needed to call her office. During that call, she used a predetermined word to tell her co-workers she was in distress. Officers later apprehended Cooper at his home.

Cooper was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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