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Police arrest man accused of grabbing woman near Atlanta hotel

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

One month after two women said they were grabbed by a homeless man while walking home from dinner near the W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta, police arrested the culprit.

“The lieutenant was able to take him into custody without any incident,” said Sgt. John Chafee with Atlanta police.

Charles Vick, 35, was taken into custody and charged with simple assault.

It’s a long time coming for Kaley Webb and her friend Sacha Rady.

“I didn’t know what he was trying to do. I was scared, but I was more scared of not knowing what was happening,” said Rady.   

“Also, this man is very clearly mentally deranged and so he may not be a threat, but next time he could have a knife, I mean you just never know,” said Webb.

The women said they called 911, but no one came out that night to document the incident.

Atlanta police said they did send an officer out later that evening, but four days passed before a someone met with the women to fill out a report. 

“She let us know there were several other higher priority cases that night and they wouldn’t be able to have a car out to us for a while,” said Webb.

Once CBS46 exposed the issue, police assigned an investigator to the case who worked hard to track down the suspect.

“He actually spent several days out on foot canvassing the area where this occurred,” said Sgt. Chafee.

It turns out Vick has been arrested and charged with other minor crimes, and in this most recent case jail records indicate he has been released and is once again a free man.

“A lot of time was put into this and it can be frustrating to see when we make a good arrest and then to see them back out on the street,” added Sgt. Chafee.

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