No arrests in sexual assaults at Emory - CBS46 News

No arrests in sexual assaults at Emory

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As of Thursday evening, DeKalb County police and Emory University officers were still searching for the man believed responsible for a rape and a string of attempted sexual assaults.

On Feb. 11, just before midnight, a young woman reported she was raped on campus on Dowman Drive and Oxford Road near the Emory Village roundabout.

Due to similarities, police suspect the same man could be responsible for three other recent attacks near Emory's campus. On Dec. 10, a woman was attacked at Clairmont Road and Highlake Circle. On Jan. 26, a young woman was attacked in the 600 block of Webster Drive. A third case happened in the 1500 block of North Decatur Road.

In all of the cases, the women were walking alone at night. In the first three, the women were able to fight off their attacker.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 50s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a reddish or brown beard.

Police didn't notify the community of the potential threat until this week, which had some students questioning the delay.

"I wasn't even aware this was a potential issue, so that makes me feel a little bit unsafe," said Miranda Gartin, a student at Emory.

Mekka Parish, who is a spokeswoman with the DeKalb County Police Department, said they were unaware of the attack that happened on North Decatur Road until after the rape. The incident on Webster Drive was believed to be solved with charges pending against a person already in prison. That left just one incident until the rape. "After that rape, we went back, we looked at them and thought there may be a connection and it's at that point we thought it was necessary to send out the information to the community."

Am Emory University spokeswoman said students are offered late-night shuttle rides. She also said there are easily accessible emergency phones across campus.

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