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Police probe Ellenwood assault, home invasion

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police said Monday they have no new leads in the case of an Ellenwood woman, who was reportedly sexually assaulted, tied up, and beaten by a masked man during an alleged home invasion Friday.

The incident happened around 2 a.m., Oct. 2, at a home on Hershey Lane in Ellenwood, according to a police report.

Police said the incident does not appear to be linked to seven sexual assaults at apartment complexes in Clayton County, from December 2008 through August 2009, according to Officer India Smith, a spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department. In the wave of assaults that occurred in apartment complexes in Morrow, Jonesboro, Stockbridge, and College Park, two women were raped, according to police.

In the Friday incident, police say the victim was upstairs in her bed when she felt someone leaning on her. She thought it was her husband, so she pushed the man away, according to the police report.

"The male, who was standing over her, then placed an unknown type of gun to her left temple and said 'Move again and I will blow your [expletive] brains out,'" the police report states.

When the woman realized it was not her husband, she tried to look at the man, and he struck her in the head with the firearm, according to the report. "The suspect told her that he was he was doing a job for his sister because [the victim] was messing around with her husband," the police report states.

The man told the woman he had been watching her for months, and knew where she worked, according to the report. He then told the victim he was going to rape her, and started to take off her clothes. When she tried to stop him from removing her clothing, the man put the gun between her legs and said he would shoot her if she resisted again, the reports says.

The woman told police the suspect then hit her in the head multiple times, and she pretended that she was "knocked out," at which time, the man said he was going to call his sister to see what she wanted him to do to her. The man then picked up the bedroom phone and appeared to call someone, but never said any names, the report states.

The suspect then stuffed a pillow case in the woman's mouth and tied her hands and feet together with nylon quick ties, police said in the report. He then said he was going to drown the woman, and went to the bathroom and started filling the tub with water, according to the police document.

Police say the man, at one point, rummaged through the victim's jewelry and became upset that she did not have more jewelry. Later, he got on top of the woman and cut her face with what the woman believed was a razor blade. He then moved the victim into the bathroom, and when he walked back into the bedroom, she managed to free her feet, and lock the bathroom door, according to the police report.

" [The victim] said she heard the suspect outside the bathroom door saying she better not come out and try to look at him. [The victim] said it then got quiet in the house," police said in the report.

The next noise the woman heard was her husband's truck, then the kitchen door opening, according to the report.

Police said they did not find any signs of forced entry. They asked the husband if he knew whether his wife was having an affair. The husband said his wife had been "acting kind of strange lately," but said he did not think she was having an affair, according to the police report.

The suspect was described as a tall, slender, light-skinned, black male with a raspy voice. The victim said she did not see his face, because he was wearing a ski mask.

The victim was transported to Henry Medical Center in stable condition, police said.