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Dalton man arrested for sexual battery, indecent exposure

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Dalton police arrested Javier Valdez-Rodriguez, 20, early Friday morning on charges related to three separate incidents that happened in June and August. 

Police said Rodriguez is charged with two counts of battery, one count of sexual battery, indecent exposure and criminal attempted kidnapping.

According to detectives, the first incident occurred at 9:30 p.m., on June 14. A woman told police she was walking down Walnut Avenue on her way home when a man pulled up beside her driving a dark colored Honda. The suspect yelled to the victim to stop, but she kept walking.

According to the victim, as she passed the Aaron's Rental store on East Walnut, the suspect parked his car and got out and tried to grab her with both hands. The woman screamed for help, and hit the suspect and he fled in his car.

The second incident was reported on June 17, just after 10 p.m. A woman reported that she was also walking on foot through the parking lot at the Underwood Lodge apartments on Underood Street, when she noticed a dark colored Honda driving past.

When she came out of a nearby store she noticed the same car parked in the parking lot of the La Providencia store which was closed. Police said Rodriguez called out to her and asked if she had a cigarette.

When she answered, she noticed Rodriguez had exposed himself. The woman turned to run. She reported hearing footsteps behind her and seeing the suspect chasing her and trying to grab her. She screamed and said Rodriguez stopped and got back into his car, leaving the scene.

The third incident happened on August 23rd, shortly before 10 p.m. in the area of Beechland Street. The victim reported that she was walking down the street when Rodriguez drove up beside her and asked if she needed a ride.

When she said no, he kept insisting and then got out of the car and tried to wrestle her into his car. She managed to escape, but her shirt was torn in the process. She ran home and reported the incident to investigators.

Officers said one of the victims in the case was able to report a tag number to investigators. Late Thursday night, detectives tracked down Valdez-Rodriguez using the tag number from his car and interviewed him.

Investigators are asking anyone else who may have experienced a similar attack to please contact Detective Tommy Ensley at 706-278-9085, extension 157.

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