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Teen accused of rape, crashing into Albany church

September 11, 2003

Albany - Church members stared in disbelief at what used to be the office of Eureka Missionary Baptist Church. "I got a call and they said that the car had run into the church, and I just couldn't believe that," says Deacon Chair Winfred Benson. "But I saw the car really had run into the church and it was really shocking."

Police say early this morning 17 year old Terrence Holliday crashed into the church while trying to leave the scene of a rape.

"A citizen transported the victim to the scene and she advised the officers what had occurred," says Lt. Dennis Dawson of the Dougherty County Police Department. "They were able to track him down. He was caught running away approximately half a mile from the scene."

Lt. Dawson says around 5 AM, the victim, a 40 year-old woman, was walking down a road near K&S grocery store. At that time Holliday drove up, pointed a gun at her and demanded she get in the car. He then drove to Blue Springs Road, fired the gun at her, raped her, and sped off.

Lt. Dawson says, "It's always shocking to hear about someone forced at gunpoint to do anything."

Eureka church members are also shocked by this violent crime and how it ended at their place of worship, but they're relieved the suspect is in jail and the victim is recovering.

Police say the rape victim seems to be doing okay.

Holliday is being treated at Phoebe for minor injuries from the crash. He will be taken to Dougherty County Jail as soon as he is released from the hospital.

posted at 5:31 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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