Suspect sought in assault at Candler Park home
A viral Facebook post making the rounds on Thursday warns Candler Park residents to be on the lookout for a man who attacked a woman at her home on Wednesday afternoon.
The post describes the Oct. 22 incident as an attempted rape, but Atlanta Police said the case isn’t being investigated as a sexual assault.
According to the police report, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 3:39 pm, an officer responded to a call from a resident in the 300 block of Glendale Avenue NE. The caller told police that a “white or Hispanic male had assaulted her and tried to drag her into her own house.”
“Upon my arrival I met with (the victim) who said that she was assaulted on the porch of her home by that male as she was taking groceries into her house,” the police report says.”(The victim) stated that the unknown male was at least 6’2, (with) olive skin, curly blond hair, clean, physically fit, not hideous, slim, and strong. (The victim) then stated that the subject didn’t say anything, but placed his index finger over his lips. He then attempted to force his way into her into her home and that was when she began to push him back out of the door screaming, ‘911, 911!'”
That scared the attacker off, the report says. He ran through the neighbor’s yard across the street and jumped the fence. During the struggle, the suspect ripped off the right sleeve of the victim’s sweater. He was wearing a blue shirt with “some form of numbers on the back.” The pictures distributed on Thursday are from a neighbor’s security camera. There’s also a security video of the suspect jumping a fence, the Facebook post says.
A neighbor called 911 later and told the dispatcher they saw a man that looked like the suspect in the area of Ponce de Leon and East Lake Road, then later at Ponce de Leon and Fairview Road.
“At Ponce and East Lake, her male neighbor had told CID over the phone that he had chased the male into the woods at gun point before losing him,” the police report says. “One of her female neighbors told 911 that she had seen him go into the woods near the belt line at Fairview Road. I walked the belt line down to Candler Park and back through the walking path along the creek bed. I did not find anyone in the woods.”
The Facebook post urges anyone who has seen this person to call 911.