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For residents of Yorktown Gardens apartments, it’s been a frightening week. After police said a string of sexual assaults might be connected, one woman said she’d starting keeping a knife near her bedside, and others stopped going out after dark.

But on Thursday, residents were relieved when police arrested a man they say sexually assaulted two of his neighbors at the south Charlotte apartment complex.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said DNA evidence linked Phillip George Payton, 20, to the attacks at the apartments off Tyvola Road near South Boulevard. And investigators said they are awaiting DNA lab results that they expect will tie him to a third attack that happened at the complex Monday.

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