Lovejoy cops looking for assailant

Woman says man hit her with iron skillet

LOVEJOY — Police are looking for a man suspected of choking and beating an acquaintance over the head with an iron skillet.

Sgt. Michael Gaddis said the alleged victim told police a man she'd known just a few days came to her house Sunday and attacked her. The woman said the man showed up at her house about 11 p.m. and refused to leave.

Gaddis said the woman went upstairs and the man followed her, grabbed her by the throat and began choking her until she passed out. When she woke up, the man began kicking her and hitting her with a table leg, he said.

The man dragged her downstairs and threw her on the floor several times, said Gaddis. He hit her several times in the head with an iron skillet and ransacked her house before fleeing in her blue 2005 Toyota Corolla, he said. The car is displaying Georgia tag AGI7082.

Gaddis said the man is black, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, 220 pounds, bald with a goatee and thin beard. The man has a tattoo "Mary Butler" on his left forearm; "NY" on the right side of his neck; and two teardrop tattoos under his right eye. He was last seen wearing a sleeveless red T-shirt, blue shorts, gray New Balance sneakers.

Gaddis said the man may be known as Raheem.

Man robs Family Dollar

A man who pretended to be a customer at Family Dollar waited for the store to close before robbing it, said police.

Sgt. Michael Gaddis said police are looking for a black male, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 160-180 pounds. Gaddis said the man was wearing a red and white ball cap, black long-sleeved sweater, black jeans, a white shirt around his neck, a black garment covering his face, blue latex gloves and white sneakers trimmed in blue.

Gaddis said the man entered the Lovejoy Family Dollar July 18 about 9:15 p.m. and remained inside until the store closed. He then approached the clerk, brandished a handgun and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Gaddis.

Anyone with information on either of these cases should contact Gaddis at 678-610-9748 or 678-898-0185.