On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Sandy Springs Police in Atlanta, Ga issued a request for the public’s assistance in order to apprehend a rapist who attached a 12-year-old girl last Friday, according to the AJC. “We would like to hear from anyone who may have information concerning the incident,” Sandy Springs Police spokesman Lt. Steve Rose said. But other rape attacks on young girls are being reported elsewhere in the country today as well, including in Colorado.
The young girl victim lived with her parents and two younger-aged children at The Falls apartment complex, located at 5555 Roswell Road in the Atlanta child rape crime. She fell victim to her attacker after her parents had left for work that morning. The 12-year-old walked her two younger siblings to the bus stop before returning to her own residence between 7 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., Fox 5 News reported. And that’s when she encountered her attacker, as he was waiting in the home for her, having gotten in through a back door of the apartment’s Juliet balcony.
“The only suspect information that we have is that the suspect is a male, dressed in black, and who wore a black mask. He spoke in either Russian, or perhaps Italian,” Lt. Rose said.
Rape is not a crime new to the Roswell Road area, with two women reporting rape occurring in that Atlanta area in 2008. Both those crimes also occurred during the month of October, coincidentally.
Police factor in known sexual offenders living in an area where a crime occurs during the course of their investigation. They look at criminals with a prior rape history on their records, who may have gotten released recently into the area, after serving time for their crimes. They look at registered sex offenders who have moved into the area recently, since recidivism in rape crimes is not uncommon. And police in Atlanta and elsewhere factor in crimes that appear to occur at the same time each year, in the same vicinity, when evaluating possible suspects in the case.
Unfortunately, Atlanta’s Sandy Springs and Roswell Road area are not the only ones you will find criminals who rape children. The Gazette in Colorado Springs reported a similar rape situation this morning, of a 12-year-old girl who was beaten and raped on her way to a school bus stop today.
That assault took place at approximately 8:40 a.m. at the 400 block of E. Brookside Street, in a nearby alley. The child was threatened with death if she told anyone, and she remains in the hospital, where nurses must continue to sedate her each time she wakes up, her aunt says, due to the trauma she endured.
“Every time she wakes up they have to sedate her again,” her aunt said.
The rapist description in that case is a little more detailed, with the attacker said to be in his 20s, approximately 5-foot 6-inches tall, medium in build and wearing clothing with identifiers, such as a black jacket with green plaid inner lining and a grey hoodie beneath the jacket.
The girl’s aunt in that case points to the proliferation of known sex offenders living in that area, as well as a concern that not all of them are registered with law enforcement who are living there, making it hard for police to track all potential offenders living in the vicinity.
In the Chelsea King rape case in California, her attacker John Gardner had eluded police detection initially for the crime because he had not registered in the area he had moved to when the rape and murder occurred. He had taken up residence with his mother but not reported the move to police, making it almost impossible for them to tie him to the crime, initially.
Sandy Springs police in Atlanta are asking anyone with any information, including any information about known sex offenders who are living in the Roswell area but not reporting it as they are supposed to, to call Det. Ryan Finley at 770-551-3310. If you just want to leave an anonymous tip, you can do so at 770-551-3300. You can also provide the information directly to the Greater Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS, according to the AJC.