ATLANTA - A Stone Mountain man faces charges he attacked a woman who responded to an ad for a job on Facebook.
“The company would allegedly facilitate money transfers from a bank in the United States to an offshore account based in another country, circumventing currency exchange fees,” said Officer George Gordon. “The employee would be paid a certain amount of money.”
Gordon said the victim agreed to meet two supposed representatives of the company in a bank parking lot on Windward Parkway.
“Two males were waiting in a vehicle,” said Gordon. “They started to talk to her about this job, wanting financial information.”
Gordon said the men were seeking information to steal the victim’s identity, but she became suspicious and tried to leave.
“She got into her vehicle and as she was attempting to roll up her window…they punched her numerous times in the face,” Gordon said.
Gordon said attack left the victim with bruises on her face, but she was able to remember the suspect’s license plate number and give it to detectives.
“Based on the license plate information given, we matched that up with the driver’s license with the department of driver’s services photo,” said Gordon. “She identified who the person responsible for the assault was.”
Police have charged Dontae Smith, 22, with battery.
Gordon said what happened should be a cautionary tale for others.
“She’s very lucky to get out of there,” he said. “This whole thing could have been avoided by using common sense.”