Sandy Springs police needs the public’s help.
They are trying to find a man who raped and bound a 12-year-old girl inside her apartment last week at 5555 Roswell Road.
The man apparently knew the girl’s routine and police believe he may have been watching her for some time.
About 7 a.m., the girl left her apartment at The Fall at Sandy Springs Apartments to take her two younger siblings to the bus stop to wait for the school bus, police spokesman Lt. Steve Rose said.
Then she ran back to the apartment to grab her bag to go to school as she did every morning during the week.
But this time the masked man was behind the door waiting when she arrived, Lt. Rose said.
Investigators aren’t sure how the man got inside since she locked the door when she left and unlocked it when she returned; and there were no signs of a forced entry.
“Where is the money?” the man asked in a European accent. Police believe it may be Russian or Italian.
“I don’t know where any money is,” the girl told him.
And the man didn’t push her further, leaving police to believe robbery was never the motive.
The masked man raped and bound the girl inside her bedroom, then left, Lt. Rose said.
“It took her about 45 minutes to free herself,” Lt. Rose said. “She went out the window to a neighbor’s house. She didn’t know if the guy was still there.”
By the time officers arrived the man was long gone. But he left behind DNA evidence from the assault, which will help officers tie him to the case.
But first they have to catch him.
“We canvassed the building, checked the surrounding area. We even checked our sex offender registry list to see if anyone spoke with an accent,” Lt. Rose said.
Desperate, officers even checked at a nearby Catholic mission to see if anyone confessed to the rape.
So far, police have no new leads and no one at the apartment complex reported seeing anyone strange hanging out in the area.
The girl was treated and later released from a local hospital, Lt. Rose said.
Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call Sandy Springs police’s Det. Ryan Finley at (770) 551-3310, the police’s tip line at (770) 551-3000 or Atlanta Crime Stoppers at www.atlantacrimestoppers.org.
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