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Update – ‘Suspicious male’ comes forward


Update – ‘Suspicious male’ comes forward

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt


Decatur Police say a man mistaken for a suspect in the rape of an Emory University student has come forward.

On Feb. 21, a young woman said a man who resembled the composite sketch in that case followed her. She contacted police and police put out a bulletin.

The man who was walking along that street has come forward, Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said.

“We have had a male resident of the neighborhood come forward and advise he was walking and turned around on Erie Avenue near Clairemont Avenue on Feb. 21 at approximately 2 pm and believes he was the subject of the complaint,” Ross said. “The male resident further stated he remembered seeing a young lady a short distance in front of him who seemed somewhat nervous as he made his turn. He was going to cross the street and walk on the other side because the young lady seemed apprehensive, but she left the area before he had a chance. He did not think anything else of it until he later read the alert.

“Investigators have followed up with the both the male resident who has come forward and the original complainant and based on the location, time frame, physical and clothing descriptions and details provided, believe this is the male the complainant encountered.”

Ross said this does not mean that the suspect in the Feb. 11 rape of an Emory University student was apprehended. Police are still searching for that individual, Ross said.