LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Police have filed charges against a man who allegedly attacked a real estate agent in Gwinnett County on Wednesday. Jeffrey Wayne Shumate, 38, is charged with Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment and Battery.
According to Gwinnett County Police, the real estate agent said she was contacted by Shumate who said he was interested in vewing a home that is for sale. The woman agreed to meet him at the house in the 4200 block of Sugarloaf Parkway. Police said when the Shumate showed up he was wearing women's clothing and a wig.
The woman unlocked the door and allowed the suspect to view the home alone while she waited outside. As he left the house, he grabbed the woman and began assaulting her, police said.
"Fortunately the victim was able to defend herself and she was able to get away from the suspect," said Cpl. Michele Pihera. "She began to run near the roadway and that's when she flagged down a citizen who called 911."
The victim was able to give police a description of the suspect, the vehicle he was driving and a partial tag number. "The partial tag was very key in identifying the suspect," Cpl. Pihera said.
For awhile Wednesday, the news had many real estate agents on edge. The Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors sent out emails to member agents throughout the state. "I feel very relaxed," NAMAR CEO Tom O'Rourke said after an arrest was made. "To have this person out there on the loose was very disconcerting to the members in the phone calls that we received."
O'Rourke praised the reaction of the agent who was attacked. He also recommended that all agents take a picture of the license plate of potential home buyers. He also said agents should get a copy of customers driver's licenses before showing a house.
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