Atlanta Police are looking for the suspect pictured in the sketch pictured at left for a sexual assault on Christmas Eve. A woman walking on Lillian Avenue from the West End MARTA station. The victim was grabbed by the man, who put a kitchen knife to her throat, forced her into the side yard of a home and threatened to rape her. After the mask he was wearing slipped, he fled. The man was a medium complexioned black male, about 6’2″ in height with a stocky but muscular build. He had short hair, scruffy facial hair and a horizontal scar on his left cheek. Any information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637).
Here’s a few final safety tips from the Sgt. Jennifer Ross at the Decatur Police Department while you’re enjoying those Christmas presents:
- Record the serial numbers of anything you own that has them. Best practice is to record the brand, model number and serial number by keeping the packaging, snapping a photo of the information on the packaging or item itself or handwriting the information in a notebook. Don’t let the only copy of your list be on a computer that may be stolen! This can be a great project for older kids if you make it a scavenger hunt.
- Engrave your name, initials or some type of identifying information on property that does not have serial numbers such as tools, lawn care items and sports equipment. These types of items are stolen and sold to pawn shops and consignment/secondhand stores.
- Download “locate applications” to new smart phones, computers and any electronic items that offer the feature as soon as possible.
- Break down the boxes for your new big ticket items and take them to a recycling location rather than setting them out at the curb. Would-be thieves have been known to drive around “shopping” the holiday trash to see what your home has to offer.