Decatur Police say woman robbed, assaulted in parking deckPhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
This story has been updated.
Decatur Police say a woman had her cell phone stolen and was assaulted in the DeKalb County parking deck.
The incident occurred Saturday, Dec. 16. Officers responded to the call around 9:23 p.m.
“Sgt. Parks met with the victim who reported she walked to the DeKalb County parking deck from the square while talking on her cell phone and initially walked up to the wrong level,” the report from Police Department said. “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.”
The suspect is described as:
A black male, approximately 18-years-old, approximately 5’6”-5’8”, slender build, wearing a black mask covering part of his face, a greenish-brown hooded sweatshirt and light blue skinny jeans
“The victim further described the suspect as seeming very nervous and scared,” the report said. “The victim was not injured.”
Last week, two children had their cell phones stolen in separate incidents in Decatur. Decaturish has asked the Police Department if the incidents are related.
“We have no way of knowing that at this point,” Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “The two incidents on Monday [Dec. 11] took place in the early afternoon and involved older teens taking cell phones from middle school aged kids and last night’s incident was obviously different.”