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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Police release composite sketch in Va-Hi sexual assault

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It's been a nerve-racking few months for residents of Virginia-Highland — first with the rash of pedestrian robberies, then the attempted robbery and murder of Charles Boyer outside a Virginia Avenue apartment complex — but this is nothing short of terrifying.

On Dec. 26, at around 7:15 p.m., police were dispatched to a home on Rosedale Road in Va-Hi when they received a call that someone could be heard screaming within. A woman answered the door and told the officers she'd just been raped. According to the woman, she was in the process of moving into the home, and was making several trips in and out. When she brought a last load of belongings in, there was a man standing inside the doorway. He put something up to her temple and threatened that if she screamed, he'd shoot her.

According to the woman's account of what happened — as documented in a police narrative — she attempted to give him her purse, but he didn't accept it. Then she made a break for the back door, but he grabbed her and held her in a chokehold until she nearly passed out. She was then made to disrobe at knifepoint (he'd grabbed a knife from a block in the kitchen) and the man sexually assaulted her.

The suspect (composite sketch shown) is described as a black male in his late 40s with little hair. According to the AJC, a neighbor said they saw the man leaving with a blanket which might indicate that he's homeless.

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