SALISBURY, N.C. -- Salisbury Police say a Granite Quarry man sexually assaulted a realtor twice during two home showings on Tuesday.
The suspect, 49-year-old Brian Harold Cooper, of Granite Quarry, made an appointment with the victim to see two homes on Tuesday. They met at the office around 10 a.m. and rode together to the first home in the 1600 block of Secret Garden Court.
The victim told police that once they were inside the home, Cooper grabbed her by the neck, choked her, then pulled out a knife and said he'd kill her if she didn't cooperate. He then proceeded to sexually assault her, police say.
After the assault, Cooper told the victim to take him to the next home they were scheduled to view that day, according to police. The realtor said she needed to check in with her office so they didn't worry. Using a code word to signal her coworkers to her distress, the realtor checked in, then she and Cooper drove to the next home in the 170 block of Trantham Lane in Granite Quarry.
Once they arrived at the second location, police say Cooper began to sexually assault the victim once again at knife point, but was interrupted as another employee from Century 21 Towne and Country walked into the home.
Cooper fled the home, police say, and the victim called 911 before returning back to her office. Cooper's vehicle was gone from the business by the time they returned.
Salisbury Police arrested Cooper at his home around 9 Tuesday night. He's charged with one count of attempted first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree kidnapping.
He was booked in to the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 bond.
Wednesday afternoon, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office announced they'd filed additional charges on Cooper: one count of felonious restraint and an additional count of first-degree rape for the incidents that took place in county jurisdiction. An additional $500,000 was added to his bond, bringing the total to $1.5 million.