Investigation – Emory assault linked to other crimes
DeKalb Police believe three open cases of attempted sexual assault may be connected to a Feb. 11 rape of a student at Emory University.
The incidents being investigated by DeKalb County police occurred between December and January, according to a statement from DeKalb County.
DeKalb Police say the victims were young females walking alone near Emory when a suspect approached them and tried to overpower them. The victims fought their attacker off and contacted police. The attack and the description of the suspect match the rape reported by an Emory University student.
The student reported that on Feb. 11 at 11:15 pm, a man raped her in the woods between Dowman Drive and Oxford Road near the Emory Village traffic circle. According to the report, the student was walking down Dowman Drive between the main gate of the university and the Dowman Drive information booth before the attack occurred.
Emory University had closed its doors on Feb. 11 due to inclement weather. The man is described as a white male in his late 50s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a reddish or brown beard, wearing a brown or green beanie cap, a tan or brown jacket, dark blue jeans and brown boots. The suspect was last seen running toward Emory Village.
“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,” a release from the DeKalb Police Department says.