• Man suspected of rape on the run after jumping out window to get away

    By: Lauren Pozen


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities are working to identify man suspected of rape who is on the run in Gwinnett County.

    Channel 2's Lauren Pozen is in Peachtree Corners, where police gave Channel 2 Action News a sketch of the man who they say is on the run after jumping out of a woman's window. 

    They are asking for the public's help to locate the man, who is described as Hispanic. 

    According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, officers were called to an apartment complex in the city of Peachtree Corners on Sept. 22. 

    Police say a woman's two children walked in to find a man in their mother's bedroom while she was asleep. The children ran to find an aunt, who told officers she walked into her sister’s bedroom and found the man raping her while she was asleep.

    The woman said she fought with the man while her sister remained unconscious.


    The man eventually jumped out of a second-story window and landed on the ground below. By the time officers arrived, he was gone.

    The woman told officers that her family was having a small party at the home the night before, but no one knew who the man was. She said he was not invited.

    Michele Pihera with Gwinnett police said the woman had been drinking at the party. 

    "She was intoxicated the night before, so she may not even remember the conversation that took place," Pihera said. "I don't want to send a false sense of insecurity that this random guy is breaking into people's apartments. That may not be the case in this situation."

    Police won't confirm the location of the apartment in order to protect the victim's identity. Pozen drove to multiple apartment complexes along Peachtree Corners Circle and Holcombe Bridge Road to get a sense of the area. 

    Pozen spoke to resident Vanessa Suggs, who said that the rape happened at her apartment complex.

    "At least 20 cop cars (were here) and they told everybody in the area they had to go back into their houses," Suggs said. "I hope and pray a resolution happens."

    Suggs said she is scared to know the man hasn't been caught. 

    "I have grandkids and I'm very worried about my granddaughter in particular getting raped," Suggs said. 

    Pozen asked police why it took nearly a month to release a sketch of the suspect. They said several leads were exhausted before they realized that they needed to release the sketch to the media. 

    Police said the man isn't tied to any other cases in Gwinnett County, but they want to bring him in for questioning. 

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

    Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case.

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