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DeKalb, Emory police join forces after 1 woman is raped, 3 others attacked

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A woman was raped last week on Emory University’s campus and police believe her attacker was the same man who attempted to rape three others near the university.

On Wednesday, DeKalb County police said they have teamed up with Emory University police to catch the assailant.

They are also investigating whether there have been other victims.

A woman was raped around 11:15 p.m. on Feb. 11 on the univeristy's campus in a wooded area near Dowman Drive and police said the three other women were attacked between December and January off campus. But those three were able to escape.

“The victims were young females, walking alone in the Emory vicinity off campus when the suspect approached and attempted to overpower them,” police spokeswoman Ms. Mekka Parish said. “The victims were able to fight off the suspect and alert police.”

The victims, who escaped without injury, described the suspect as a medium-built white man about 50 years old and who stands at 5 feet, 10 inches tall. The man also had a brown or reddish beard, according to Channel 2 Action News.

This description is consistent with the composite sketch the rape victim was able to provide Emory Police, Ms. Parish said.

The two agencies are asking that if anyone with information about the suspect or anyone who may have been a victim contact the DeKalb County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at (770) 724-6111 or Emory Police at (404) 727-6111.

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