Police Seek Person Of Interest In Sexual Assault At DragonCon


ATLANTA — Atlanta police are asking the public for help identifying a person of interest wanted in a sexual assault case.

Police told Channel 2 Action News a woman who was under the influence said she was sexually assaulted by a man wearing an FBI baseball cap while at the DragonCon convention Sunday.

Now they want the public’s help to identify him.

“If he’s from the metro Atlanta area, I think the photos we got are pretty pretty distinct that someone will probably recognize his face,” Lt. Celeste Murphy with the Atlanta Police Department said.

Police say the victim was leaving a DragonCon event between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday.

DragonCon is an annual multi-genre convention in Atlanta that attracts tens of thousands of visitors who often dress in costume.

The victim told police a man wearing a hat, with the letters FBI on it, told her his name was Gary from Marietta.

Police say she had an illness and had a few drinks earlier, making her vulnerable.

“It was to the point that she was not able to give consent,” Murphy said.

She described her attacker to a friend and her friend snapped a photo of the suspect.

“She actually had a friend who assisted her in getting that picture and it’s a really good picture of him,” Murphy said.
The sexual assault made many feel sympathetic for the victim.

“I hate it for her and I hate that I’m not surprised that it happened,” attendee Allison Lane said.

Police have been flooded with tips on the man’s identity so far.

Channel 2’s Matt Johnson talked to a police lieutenant who tells him the suspect needs to be formally identified by the victim before they can go any further in identifying him and making an arrest.

A $2,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. You can also submit a tip online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by text to CRIMES (274637).


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