Decatur Police say robbery suspect participated in other recent crimesPhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
Decatur Police said that a man accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a woman in a county parking deck has been connected to other recent crimes in the city.
Deonta Taylor, 19, of DeKalb County faces charges of robbery, kidnapping and sexual battery in connection to the Dec. 16 parking deck incident. He has also been accused of snatching a phone from 11-year-old boy on Dec. 11. The boy was walking on the Decatur Square at the time.
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He’s been charged in other cases as well, Lt. Jennifer Ross said. Police charged Taylor with theft by taking and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with a Nov. 15 incident at Chick-Fil-A. He allegedly stole a cell phone. His juvenile co-defendant has been identified and charged with theft by taking, Ross said.
Taylor is also accused of stealing a cell phone from a 15-year-old victim on that same day while the victim was in the 400 block of North McDonough Street.
“A juvenile co-defendant has been identified and charges are pending in this case,” Ross said.
Ross said there was a different juvenile co-defendant in each incident.
Taylor also allegedly stole a vehicle from the 200 block of Robin Street on Dec. 9.
During the Dec. 16 incident that led to his arrest, the victim said she had walked to the DeKalb County parking deck from the square while talking on her cell phone and walked up to the wrong level.
“As she turned to re-enter the stairwell, a male suddenly appeared behind her and reached and snatched her phone from her hand just as she was ending her call. The suspect then handed the phone back and ordered her to remove the phone case and unlock the phone. The victim complied.”
The suspect then put his hands on the victim’s shoulders and pushed her toward a nearby vehicle and tried to lift her skirt, the Police Department said.
She turned around to face him and shoved him backwards, yelling “No!” and “Leave!”
“The suspect fled and jumped over the concrete wall of the parking deck and the victim left the deck to call 911,” the report said. “A witness waiting on a bus in the Swanton Way turnaround stated he saw the victim and the suspect enter the deck and watched the interaction from a distance. He felt the interaction was suspicious as the suspect approached the victim and then jumped the concrete wall so he called 911. The witness then approached the victim as she exited the parking deck and offered for her to use his phone.”
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