Young man with special needs sexually assaulted at popular Atlanta restaurant, police say

Young man with special needs sexually assaulted at restaurant, police say

ATLANTA — Atlanta police are investigating a possible rape of a young man with special needs at a popular Southwest Atlanta restaurant.

Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez sat down with the victim's father who says he's upset his son's boss didn't immediately report the alleged sexual assault to police.

The alleged incident happened on Sunday at No Mas Cantina on Walker Street.

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The victim's father says his 21-year-old son has autism and has the mental capacity of a 14-year-old. He asked us not to reveal his identity for this report.


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According to the police report we’ve obtained, the suspect may possibly be a delivery driver with Uber Eats.

“He went to use the restroom to get ready to start his shift. That’s when he says he heard the bathroom door open,” the father said. 

The assault allegedly took place inside of a bathroom at the restaurant.

“The next thing you know the guy kicked the door stall on him and snatched his pants,” he said.

The father says his son immediately told his manager about the attack, but adds he’s fuming because she didn’t immediately call him or police.

He only learned something happened when his son called him, he was crying. 

“I asked her, ‘Did you call the police?’” She said, “No.” She said, “She called Aubrey his work coach from Briggs and Associates.” 

Briggs and Associates is a for-profit company which helps adults with special needs find jobs. 

When Jaquez went to the restaurant to talk to the manager, she declined to talk saying she had to speak to her supervisors. 

After our report aired, we received a statement from the restaurant saying:

“We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We take the safety of all our employees very seriously. As soon as this incident was reported, we notified the appropriate authorities and are cooperating fully with any investigations.” – Walt Bilinski, No Mas! Cantina

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.