VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - About 6:15 Thursday night, a woman was attacked and robbed in the downtown area of Valdosta. She said that a man came up to her, with a knife, and demanded her money. He got some money, and then sexually assaulted her.
The victim described the criminal as an African American Male, 5' 4" to 5' 7" tall, slim build, between 20-30 years of age, wearing khaki pants, a gray sweatshirt with some black, and a large coat.
Evidence has been sent to the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Laboratory.
Valdosta Police have been working overtime on this case, and they are asking the community for help by calling in tips. "At this point, there is no evidence to lead detectives to believe the offender was a homeless person," said VPD Chief Brian Childress.
"Over the past several years, the city and police department have made improvements for safety in the downtown area," Childress said. "We have improved lighting, extra patrols in the area, citing a troublesome club which eventually closed, moving a homeless camp, and legally relocating those people in a humane way, and adding cameras in the downtown area."
"In fact, over the past few weeks, the city has initiated adding three more live-feed cameras in the down town area, two of which will be in Bennie's Ally. There are currently three live-feed cameras in the downtown Valdosta area."
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are asked to call the Persons Crime Unit at 229-293-3145, or an anonymous tip can be left by calling 229-293-3091.