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Briefs: Woman raped: Boyfriend accused of choking: Men carjacked at gunpoint

Athens-Clarke County police have charged a man in the rape of a woman and another man accused of choking his girlfriend. They are also investigating the carjacking of two men at a car wash.
Athens-Clarke County police have charged a man in the rape of a woman and another man accused of choking his girlfriend. They are also investigating the carjacking of two men at a car wash.
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Police have arrested a man in the imprisoning and rape of a 24-year-old woman in Athens.

Darrius Richmond was charged with rape, battery, false imprisonment and criminal trespass, according to Athens-Clarke County police said Sunday. They did not provide any additional details on the circumstances surrounding the rape or say whether the victim knew the suspect.

Richmond was booked into the Clarke County jail Sunday where remained one $4,000 bond for two of the charges, according to booking records. There was no bond set for the rape and false imprisonment chargees, records show.

Armed Robbery/Carjacking

Police are searching for two suspects who carjacked and robbed two men at gunpoint at a car wash in Athens late Saturday night.

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. at the Kwiki Kar Wash at 140 Barber St., according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Robert Jewell told police the suspects approached him and his passenger from behind and demanded his vehicle, a green convertible Audi, and the contents inside the victim’s pockets, Sgt. Anthony Schuble said. After obtaining the items, the suspects made the driver and passenger walk away from them then took off in the vehicle towards Boulevard, Schuble said.

Police did not provide a detailed description of the suspects.

Domestic Violence/Aggravated Assault

A man was arrested Saturday after allegedly choking his girlfriend until she almost passed out during an argument over him slamming the door at their home in Athens.

Sidney Simon was charged with aggravated assault in the incident that happened around 6 p.m., according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Evelyn Ephran told police that her live-in boyfriend, Simon, got into an argument over him slamming doors, Sgt. Anthony Schuble said. Ephran said that during the argument Sidney began choking her to the point that she thought she was going to pass out, Schuble said.

A juvenile allegedly witnessed Simon choking Ephran, police said. Simon, who was released on $6,000 bond Sunday, was also charged with criminal trespass and third-degree cruelty to children, according to the Clarke County jail booking records