ATHENS, Ga. (CBS46) -- Athens-Clarke County police said a 21-year-old woman was raped inside a bar in downtown Athens on Sunday. Officers said the alleged sexual assault happened between midnight and 2 a.m. at Hedges on Broad, a popular bar.
On Monday, officers arrested the bar’s owner - 38-year-old David Ellis Ippisch. Police said Ippisch also owns another Athens bar called 100 Proof.
“Two of those warrants were felonies for kidnapping and rape and the other three were for sexual battery and two counts of battery,” said Athens-Clarke County public information officer Geof Gilland.
Court documents state that Ippisch forcefully pulled the victim into a back storage area, forced her to drink something from a bottle and raped her. Warrants reveal the victim was left with significant internal bruising and a visible scratch on her neck. She was evaluated by a sexual assault nurse examiner.
“I was really shocked,” said student Aubany Tomsovic. “It was really like, I didn’t have any words…kind of crazy.”
“Usually it’s pretty crazy…crowded…lots of drunk people,” student Kianna Picard said of Hedges on Broad.
Some students told reporter Ashley Thompson that Hedges has a reputation for allowing underage students inside.
“It’s definitely the freshman bar,” said Picard. “A lot of younger college students in there all the time. It’s pretty noticeable.”
“It’s just the easiest bar to get into,” said Tomsovic.
Although the two bars are off-campus and the victim does not go to UGA, news of the crime is shocking students, some who are familiar with Ippisch.
“I actually went to Hedges last weekend and I saw him outside and I have some friends that actually knew him,” said Tomsovic. “He would say some weird comments sometimes but he was always nice about it.”
Police asked anyone with more information concerning this case to contact police at 762-400-7361 or 762-400-7068.