The FBI shot and killed a man they believe is one of the country's 10 "most wanted" fugitives after tracking him to a North Carolina motel Wednesday.
That suspect, killed in a Raleigh suburb of Apex, will be officially identified by state medical examiners but is believed to be 47-year-old Greg Alyn Carlson, the FBI’s North Carolina office said in a news release. Authorities said he was wanted in connection with multiple armed sexual assaults, including a burglary and sexual assault in Los Angeles last fall.
"Agents approached the room and tried to take Carlson into custody. Following an altercation over a gun, Carlson was shot to death by FBI agents,” Paul Delacourt, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said in a press conference.
Carlson, who the agency said had been linked by DNA to sexual assaults dating back to 2003, had previously been tracked to South Carolina, Alabama and Florida, the FBI said.
Documents detailing his crimes refer to him as a "hot prowl rapist," which refers to the act of breaking into homes and attacking women while they are sleeping, according to WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina. The FBI has referred to him as an “alleged serial sexual predator.”
Authorities say Carlson committed a burglary on July 13, 2017, during which he attempted to sexually assault a woman while using a weapon.
In September, he was charged with assault with intent to commit rape, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, and he was arrested by Los Angeles police. Carlson posted bond and was released, then fled to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Investigators believe he then left the state in a car with a stolen handgun and a significant amount of cash, according to the FBI. At that point, the FBI added him to their infamous top 10 list.
He was spotted in Hoover, Alabama, on Nov. 22 and led police on an erratic high-speed chase, according to the FBI. Officers called off the pursuit because of danger to the public.
Carlson was then spotted in Florida, first in Jacksonville on Nov. 28 and in Daytona Beach two days after that.
The FBI called him an "armed and dangerous” and an “escape risk."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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