DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Police in two DeKalb County cities are working together to catch a man who violently attacked two women in parking garages. Investigators believe the victims were targeted.
Both armed robberies took place in parking garages — one at a Decatur apartment complex a little before 8 a.m. Sunday. The second happened about an hour later at a hotel in Brookhaven.
“Gotta be watching everywhere,” said Arttoria Cummings, a guest at the Hyatt Regency who just learned of the crimes. “Think that’s unfortunate ‘cause nobody deserve that.”
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Decatur police said the man, who was dressed in a hoodie and face mask, approached the first victim with a chrome revolver, demanded money and tried to sexually assault her. But he ran off when she fought back and screamed.
Brookhaven police said the same suspect in a red Cadillac CTS sedan also tried following his victim into a parking garage but was stopped by a gate arm. He parked outside and then walked in, pulled the same gun and demanded money.
The second woman also fought back and was hit multiple times over the head with the gun.
Both departments are teaming up to solve the case. They released detailed images of the suspect and his car caught on security cameras at both scenes in hopes the public recognizes them.
“Someone out there’s going to know him, and we’re asking for that help in any tips,” said Sgt. Jake Kissel of the Brookhaven Police Department.
While the cases are linked, investigators also believe the two victims may be tied together but don’t want to reveal yet how they’re connected.
“We believe in our case the victim had possibly had contact with the suspect prior to the armed robbery taking place. But she hasn’t been able to identify him,” Kissel said.
Anyone with information on the suspect or his car is urged to call either Brookhaven or Decatur police or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.
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