DeKalb County Police investigating assault on North Carter RoadA DeKalb County Police vehicle. Photo by Dean Hesse.
UPDATE: Decatur Police Capt. Jennifer Ross on Aug. 21 sent over additional information about this case in an attempt to clear up confusion about the time and location of this incident.
I read the comments/questions on your story about the assault on North Carter Road and wanted to clarify a couple of things. We received the call at 9:50 am. The caller stated they were advised of a previous assault at the location that occurred around 7:30 am, and the victim was on her way back to the location and they would be standing by to meet with an officer. The location given was the East Decatur Greenway in the 800 block of Columbia Drive. The front part of that property, to include the park area, is in the jurisdiction of the DeKalb County Police Department. The exact location of the assault was not clear and when dealing with calls at our borders, when there is not a cut and dry address or there is confusion about jurisdiction, it is our practice to dispatch an officer so they can meet with callers, gather more information and address an emergency situation if there is one. Once location and jurisdiction are determined, we contact that jurisdiction and request they respond. This helps to prevent transferring callers back and forth between jurisdictions. The Communications Officers are operating off of what the computer states is or is not in their jurisdiction by address in order to dispatch calls. Most people do not know exactly where they are, the exact address and jurisdiction, especially when they are not at home or are at an outdoor public location. For this incident, once we were able to determine the location of the assault and that it occurred in the jurisdiction of DeKalb County, we secured the scene and requested DeKalb County Police respond. The time they responded may be the time you were given, you would have to confirm that with DKPD. The time difference between when the assault occurred and when we were called does not mean we were called earlier and responded later. It is not uncommon at all for victims of violence to get themselves to safety and for there to be a delay in the police being called. I hope this clears up some of the confusion. – Police Capt. Jennifer Ross
Here is our earlier story….
Greater Decatur, GA — DeKalb County Police say they are investigating an Aug. 15 assault that occurred on North Carter Road just outside Decatur’s city limits.
The assault occurred Sunday morning. DeKalb County Police on Aug. 23 clarified that the incident occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. The Police Department responded at 10:45 a.m. Decatur Police began the investigation before turning it over to DeKalb County.
“According to the female victim, she was on the trail when the male suspect asked for her assistance,” a spokesperson for the Police Department said. “After assisting him, he assaulted her by striking her several times before she was able to run away. The suspect then fled on a bike heading towards Columbia Drive. Fortunately, the victim was not injured and declined medical attention.”
Police have not identified a suspect, but did have a description.
He’s described as a Black man, with a slim, muscular build. He wore black shorts, no shirt, rode a bike (unknown brand) and carried a lime green fanny pack. His age, height and weight are unknown
“If anyone has any info, they are urged to call detectives at 770-724-7710 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS,” the spokesperson said.
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