911 audio, police report shed new light on attempted sexual assault

Mother focuses on protecting daughter as attacker confronts her with a knife

ATLANTA -- We’re now learning more about the frantic moments after an attempted sexual assault in a popular metro-Atlanta park.

Alpharetta police initially reported that a woman called on Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. saying she was attacked while walking her 1-year-old child along a path at Wills Park.

A police report shows the incident began with a simple greeting of “good morning” from the suspect. She replied to the suspect as she pushed her daughter’s stroller on the path. A few minutes later, the victim said she noticed the suspect walking quickly, approaching her from behind. She began to walk faster but so did the suspect. During this time her daughter’s blanket fell off the stroller.

It was at that moment that she tried to pick up the blanket that the suspect grabbed her from behind with a small black knife and placed it to the side of her stomach. The victim described the weapon as a homemade box cutter. She said the suspect then began putting his other hand underneath her clothes.

How to protect yourself from an attack

She elbowed her attacker who grabbed her hair and pulled her back. Luckily she continued to fight and scream catching the attention of passersby who came to her aid as the suspect fled.

Newly released 911 audio now provides more detail into the incident.

“I pushed him away and he cut me with his knife and sprayed me with pepper spray and I fought back,” the victim said. “And I started screaming and he got scared and he ran.”

The victim added that in those moments, she was driven to fight because of her children – one of them not yet born.

“I have a baby with me already and I’m pregnant so I just took off,” the victim said, her face still burning from the pepper spray. “All I care about is my kid, I thought he was running toward my kid.”

The report stated that when the suspect pressed the knife to her stomach, the victim pleaded with the attacker telling him that she was pregnant. Still, the suspect persisted before finally running away.

Now police are investigating at the park and canvassing the area for camera footage that may have captured the suspect running away.

The victim told police that the suspect was wearing a blue or gray shirt that appeared to be a mechanic’s uniform. He was described as an African American male who had a slight, “scruffy” beard and was about 5 feet 10 inches tall.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now working to produce a sketch of the suspect that may help bring him into custody.  Once he is caught, police expect to charge him with aggravated assault – cutting, sexual battery over 16 years old and cruelty to children in the third degree.

The victim only had a slight injury from the assault, a small cut on the arm, and was treated at the scene.

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