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Attempted rape in Albany foiled by neighbors

May 20, 2007

Albany--An Albany man is behind bars charged with aggravated assault. 49-year-old Lugene Thomas attempted to rape a woman inside a home on Florence Drive in Albany early Saturday morning.

Raymond Simonton was working in his garage early Saturday morning when he heard someone kick in a door across the street from his home on Florence Drive.

"I walked out front to check it out and see what was going on and I heard lady hollering for help, 'Get off me,' 'Help!' 'Somebody please call the police.' So I felt like I did what anyone would have done, so I called the police," says Simonton.

Inside the home a struggle ensued. The victim was thrown into a window, where she sustained cuts to her arm.

Within in minutes the police arrived. It is here where they found this man, 49-year-old Lugene Thomas on top of the woman with his hand around her throat.

The woman inside the house busted through the window. A neighbor then dialed 911.

Residents of this typically quiet neighborhood were shocked to hear something like this took place just doors away.

"For something like this to happen in the neighborhood just right beside me, it makes me more aware that I have little daughters and other things that I need to be more protective of," says Jimmy Keaton.

"I'm going to be more careful. I'm going to stay in the house. That's what I'm going to do," says Fontella Buchanan.

Now the police report shows that drugs and alcohol were a factor in this crime. No word yet on the condition of the victim. Thomas remains at the Dougherty County Jail.

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