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Police: Emory Rape Suspect May Be Connected to Other Attacks

Police have determined that three open attempted sexual assault cases that occurred off campus in DeKalb are possibly connected to a reported rape that occurred on Emory University’s campus last week.

The suspect in the Feb. 11 Emory attack is described as a white male in his mid-to-late 50s, standing 5-foot-10, and with a reddish or brown beard. Courtesy Emory University PD
The suspect in the Feb. 11 Emory attack is described as a white male in his mid-to-late 50s, standing 5-foot-10, and with a reddish or brown beard. Courtesy Emory University PD
The DeKalb County Police Department and the Emory University Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into sexual assault incidents in the vicinity of the Emory campus. 

The Departments have determined three open attempted sexual assault cases that occurred off campus in DeKalb County are possibly connected to a rape that occurred on Emory University’s campus on Feb. 11.  

The DeKalb County Police incidents occurred between December 2013 and January 2014.  

According to DeKalb County detectives, the victims were young females, walking alone in the Emory vicinity off campus when the suspect approached and attempted to overpower them. 

The victims were able to fight off the suspect and alert police. The victims were not physically injured. The suspect is described as a white man, standing 5-feet-10, with a medium build and approximately 50 years old. This description is consistent with the composite sketch the rape victim was able to provide Emory Police.

DeKalb County and Emory authorities are aggressively investigating these cases and are encouraging anyone with information about the suspect or anyone who may have been a victim to please contact the DeKalb County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at (770) 724-6111 or Emory Police at (404) 727-6111.

Additionally, the community is encouraged to remain vigilant about their safety and exercise safety practices. Some safety practices include:

  • People are encouraged to walk in groups, especially at night
  • Avoid isolated and dimly lit areas
  • Remain alert and aware of surroundings
  • Avoid distractions such as texting, talking on phone
  • Remove ear plugs/headphones; use only one side if needed
  • Call 911 or alert campus police to report suspicious activity

Information in this report was edited for publication.

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