The following incidents have been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as February 2016 Crimes of the Month.
The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to several criminal acts which occurred within the City of Athens.
The Athens, Ohio Police Department is actively investigating two separate but related violent assaults which took place in Athens between 2006 and 2015.
On June 20, 2015, at approximately 2:00 AM, a female was walking home from the uptown area. As she walked through the parking lot at the rear of 19 E. Carpenter St, an unknown suspect approached her from behind and attempted to sexually assault her but was scared away by others walking in the area.
DNA evidence obtained as a result of the investigation was submitted to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for analysis. The results of the analysis showed the suspect from the 2015 assault was the same suspect that had been identified by DNA in a sexual assault reported in 2006. The details of the 2006 sexual assault are very similar to the 2015.
In the 2006 incident, the female victim was also walking home from the uptown area when she noticed an unknown white male following her. After arriving home, the suspect illegally entered the victim’s home and forcibly raped the victim and then fled the scene. The victim described the suspect as being 5’08” to 5’10” tall, weighing 130 to 150 pounds, with short light-colored hair. This description is very similar to the description provided by the victim of the 2015 incident.
We are seeking information on the suspect who is described as a white male in his late twenties to early thirties, 5’8” to 5’9” tall, and weighing approximately 160 pounds. The attached composite was developed by the victim of the 2015 incident. If you have any information related to these two incidents or know the identity of the suspect, please provide it to the Athens Police Department
The next incident pertains to a burglary which occurred on January 24th, 2016 at approximately 7:00 PM. The residents of 120 University Estates Blvd returned home to find a broken window and the item used to break it. A short time before the incident was discovered, other residents in the area noted two white males, approximately 40 years old, medium builds, 5’8” to 6’0” tall with brown hair and one of the males having a mustache and beard. These two males were approaching houses and asking residents if they needed their sidewalks or driveways cleared. The victim did state he had observed an older model pickup truck in the area earlier in the day.
Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous is offering a $2,000.00 cash reward for information on the above crimes if that information leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the person or persons responsible. *Information on serious misdemeanors will be limited to a $1000.00 cash reward. **Any information that leads to the arrest of an individual responsible for graffiti, the board can authorize up to a $500.00 cash reward. If you have information on these crimes, please call (740) 594 – 3331.
Other cash rewards are available for your information regarding other crimes that have been committed in Athens County and if you have knowledge of other crimes, you are asked to call (740) 594 – 3331. Also visit our website at www.crimesolversofathens.org for information on previous crimes of the month. Please “like” us on Facebook.
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