Offender: Branden Marquis Crosby

Original Charges: second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense,

first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery.

Convicted On: False Imprisonment.

Date: 03/14/07

Magazine Sales Crew: Omni Horizons Inc.

Magazine Clearinghouse: American Community Services

Location: Durham, North Carolina


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Durham Police Detective: Vernon Harris: 919-560-4440

Case # 07-8160

Records: 919-560-4423


DA: Tracy Cline: 919-564-7100

Conviction for: False Imprisonment - other charges dropped by victim.

Status: Conviction, Case Closed.



Police: Rape case evidence found

Mar 21, 2007 : 10:27 pm ET


durham -- Durham police found fingerprints and trace evidence in the Dodge Durango they say was driven by the 25-year-old traveling salesman charged with raping a teen March 14, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday at the Durham County Magistrate's Office.


Branden Marquis Crosby, who was living at the Days Inn at 3460 Hillsborough Road when the alleged rape occurred, was charged March 16 with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery.


According to the search warrant, Crosby met the 17-year-old woman at a fast-food restaurant on Hillsborough Road and raped her twice in two locations.


The victim told police she got into Crosby's Durango at the Chick-fil-A at 3429 Hillsborough Road.

He then drove around the corner, the warrant said, where he allegedly raped the teen despite her protests.


The teen later drove herself to Crosby's motel to retrieve identification she left in the Durango, according to the warrant. When she arrived, Crosby told her he'd taken the identification into his motel room, the warrant said.


Warrants said Crosby raped the teen again in Room 114 and took nude pictures of her with his cellphone.


No pictures or cellphone were retrieved from the Durango, where police investigators searched for bodily fluids, pubic hair and any evidence of sexual assault, according to the warrant.


Crosby remained in jail late Wednesday under a $350,000 bond.

Salesman charged with raping teen


From Staff Reports

DURHAM - A magazine salesman was arrested Friday and charged with raping a teenager.

Branden Marquis Crosby, 25, is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. Crosby gave his residence as the Days Inn at 3460 Hillsborough Road, where members of the company he works for, Indiana-based Omni Horizons Inc., were staying. Crosby has two Florida addresses: one in Opa-Locka, according to court records, and one in Tallahassee, according to police.


Crosby is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old twice March 14 -- once behind the Kroger across from the motel between 7:30 and 8 p.m. and once in a motel room between 10:30 and 11 p.m., said Kammie Michael, a police spokeswoman. The victim, who was not one of his customers, left on her own.


Crosby remained in the Durham County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $350,000 bail. He is set to appear in court Tuesday.








Door-To-Door Salesman Charged With Rape


Posted: Mar. 20 2:08 p.m.

Updated: Mar. 20 10:13 p.m.


Durham A door-to-door salesman is charged with rape, and police want to know if there are more victims.


Police said Branden Crosby sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in a grocery store parking lot, then later at a motel.


Authorities said Crosby was in town selling magazines for an Indiana-based company. Crosby is currently in the Durham County Jail on $350,000 bond.


Investigators think there could be more victims and want them to contact police. If you have any information, you can call 919-560-4440.



Police Urge Assault Victims to Come Forward By Ken Ward

(03/20/07-- DURHAM) - A magazine salesman is under arrest after Durham Police say he kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old girl.


The arrest is drawing attention to a group of traveling salesmen now operating out of a Durham motel.

Branden "Heavy" Crosby allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in the parking lot of the Kroger store on Hillsborough Road late Wednesday.


Officials say Crosby forced the girl into his Days Inn motel room across the street, where he allegedly assaulted her again.


Crosby works for a traveling magazine outfit that set up shop at the Days Inn on Hillsborough Road.


Right now police aren't sure if the teenage girl is Crosby's only victim and they're asking anyone who may have been attacked to come forward.


Crosby was arrested Friday night on rape and kidnapping charges. He is being held on $350,000 bail.