ATLANTA — Tuesday afternoon, Atlanta Police said they have arrested a 42-year-old man in connection with a rape and a burglary.
According to Atlanta Police Officer Jarius Daugherty, on Friday, May 31, they were summoned to a home in the 2600 block of Old Hapeville Road in connection with a sexual assault.
When they arrived, officers spoke with a woman who said a man had entered her home while she was asleep and assaulted her. After the assault, the victim told police the suspect left the home, Daugherty said.
Authorities released a sketch of the person they were looking for in connection with the crime.
On Tuesday, June 4, investigators said officers were summoned to the same home in connection with a reported burglary. The same victim indicated that she had been away from her home since the May 31 sexual assault, and that in that intervening timeframe, someone had broken into her home and taken some items, Daugherty said.
While investigating the burglary, officers were able to link the crime to 42-year-old Demetrius Abercrombie.
Daugherty said the Burglary investigator realized Abercrombie appeared to match the description of the sexual assault suspect from the May 31 incident. That investigator reached out to the Special Victims Unit investigator, who was able to confirm that Abercrombie was, indeed, also responsible for the sexual assault.
Warrants were, then, secured for Abercrombie in connection with both incidents.
Fugitive units were able to locate on Tuesday, June 18 and take him into custody without incident. He has been charged with rape, sodomy, kidnapping, false imprisonment and burglary.
According to Daugherty, Abercrombie has an extensive arrest history, which includes prior charges for rape in 2005 and burglary in 2012.