New sex assault cases may be tied to Emory rape

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police presence at Emory University’s campus was increased overnight after several sexual assaults near the DeKalb County campus.
 

DeKalb County police think three recent sexual assaults are tied to a rape last Tuesday.
 
After DeKalb County police heard the description of the crimes and saw a sketch of the suspect, they knew that they must be connected.
 
“It's a little scary. If it is the same person, it sounds like he may be a serial rapist,” said Emory student Stephanie Park.
 
DeKalb County police say the first attack was two months ago, followed by two more attempted sexual assaults.
 
“They date back to December of last year and January of this year,” said Mekka Parish, of the DeKalb County Police Department.
 
Parish says every attack reveals a pattern.
 
“All three of those victims were walking alone. They tell our investigators that they were approached by the suspect. They were able to overpower them, but they were able to fight back, flee and alert police,” Parish said.
 
On Feb. 11 a young woman wasn’t able to fight back, and Emory police say the man raped the student in a wooded area between Dowman Drive and Oxford Road.
 
The victim told police the man took off running toward Emory Village.

"He’s a white male, 5 feet 10 inches, medium build and in his mid to early 50s,” Parish said.
 
Police also say he has a brown or reddish beard.
 
Channel 2’s Craig Lucie mapped out near where the other attacks occurred near Clairmont and Decatur roads, and they are within a 2 1/2-mile radius of the recent rape.
 
Parish sent out a warning for women in the area.
 
“We want them to be vigilant about their safety. We understand that a lot times we get busy. You are not aware of your surroundings, you get distracted and we want to bring home that message,” Parish said.