by: Mike Petchenik Updated:SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. —
Sandy Springs Police have released a composite sketch of a man they said attacked a teenager outside her apartment earlier this month.
It happened March 11 on Summit Springs Drive in an apartment complex off Dunwoody Place. Police said the 15-year-old had accidentally brushed up against a man.
“He actually pinned her up against the wall and with a knife, cut her around the hip area,” Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “It is a severe and critical incident with us because of the age of the victim, the sex of the victim, the fact the person blatantly pulled a knife.”
Police said the teen caught the bus to school and was later treated by a school nurse for her wound, which was not life-threatening.
“We’re anxious to get our hands on this guy, because we don’t know if this was something that was an impulse, whether this is deliberate, or maybe there are other things out there we can find,” said Rose.
Police said the victim described the attacker as smelling of alcohol, dirty and unkempt. They aren’t sure whether he lived in the complex, but they’re hopeful someone will recognize the face portrayed in the sketch.
The girl’s mother told Petchenik her daughter is more upset than scared about what happened.
“She’s really mad, because she feels like she couldn’t defend herself,” said Socorro Gomez through an interpreter.
“She hopes that the guy will get caught because maybe with her daughter, he wasn’t able to do much damage, and maybe next time he’ll do something worse,” the interpreter said.