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Woman attacked as she moved into new apartment

Posted: April 8th, 2009 @ 9:11pm

Source: By KRISTINA TORRES, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

DeKalb County police continued Wednesday to investigate the sexual assault of a woman moving into an apartment on Briarcliff Road — an attack that had some similarities to an assault on a female jogger who was stabbed less than two miles away last month.

“We’re canvassing the area and reaching out to the neighborhood,” police spokeswoman Bettina Durant said. The assault Tuesday afternoon appeared to have some similarities to the attack on the jogger, including a male attacker wearing a mask, but Durant said police so far “are not aware it’s connected to any other cases.”

The victim Tuesday was a new tenant who was moving her belongings into a unit at the Marquis at Briarcliff on Gables Way. Around 4:20 p.m., the woman went into her apartment and encountered a masked attacker who was apparently lying in wait. The man sexually assaulted her and then fled.

Durant said it was unclear whether the man had a gun.

Police searched the apartment complex and surrounding neighborhood but were unable to locate him. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

On March 17, a 54-year-old female jogger was attacked around 7 a.m. on Southland Vista Court at Briarcliff. A man wearing a mask and gloves grabbed the jogger from behind as she was running. She fought back, and the man stabbed her multiple times. That attacker also has not been captured.

After the attack on the jogger, police increased patrols in the area. Durant could not say Wednesday if the police would do the same because of Tuesday’s sexual assault.

Staff writer Andria Simmons contributed to this report.

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