A 33-year-old Sandy Springs man has been arrested and charged in the assaults of two sisters after they finished a jog around Chastain Park in Buckhead.

Atlanta Police arrested Silvestre Diaz-Duque, 33, of Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, on Aug. 11 and charged him with two counts of battery for allegedly attacking the two sisters after they had finished a jog in Chastain Park.

According to police, the first woman said after she and her sister finished their jog about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 and she was walking back to their vehicle when Diaz-Duque attacked her. He then punched her sister in the face when she came to her aid.

The sisters fought off Diaz-Duque as he punched and tried to grab them. When one sister ran for help, he fled the scene, according to a police report.

Multiple units responded to the scene looking for Diaz-Duque and APEZ K-9 units joined the search, tracking him through the park.

Two units from the Tuxedo Neighborhood Patrol and Tuxedo Road Patrol spotted Diaz-Duque walking down Tuxedo Road, more than two miles from the general direction of the park, according to APD. They detained him and one of the victims identified him as the attacker.

Diaz-Duque told police he met the women and asked for a ride back to his vehicle on Roswell Road, according to a report. As they were walking to the their car, he said he put his arm around one of the woman’s shoulders and she began to “freak out” so he punched her in the face, according to a report.

When the sister came over to help her sister, Diaz-Duque said he punched her, and then he got scared and ran from the scene.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.