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Thomas Co. man on the run

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

A man who did not show up in court Monday on a battery charge is wanted for the Saturday rape and beating of a woman.

When he is caught, Kass Rico Lee, will be charged with rape in a predawn Saturday sexual assault of a 50-year-old woman at her Brooks Lane residence.

Lee was released from the Thomas County Jail July 8, after serving a 45-day sentence for violation of probation on a conviction of financial transaction card fraud.

The rape victim told police she answered a knock on her door between 2:30 and 3:00 a.m. Saturday. Police say Lee punched the woman in the face with his fist and forced her back her into the house.

The woman fell onto the floor, striking her head on a mantel, and Lee choked her. Lee then raped the woman on the floor.

The suspect has been charged several times with battery, including sexual battery, on women. "We have arrest warrants for his arrest. We ask if anyone knows where he may be, who might have seen him or knows anything about this case to please give us a call," said TPD Public Information Officer Lt. Eric Hampton.

The battery case in which he was to have appeared in court Monday also involved a woman. The detective has been in contact with Lee via cell phone calls and texts. The suspect was cooperating, but has stopped responding to messages.

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