The following incidents have been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as May 2016 Crimes of the Month.
The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to three criminal acts, connected by DNA, which occurred within the City of Athens.
The Athens, Ohio Police Department is actively investigating three 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.
The third incident occurred in December of 2015. Again, the nature of the assault is similar to the prior incidents.
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 through use of the suspect’s DNA. 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 Athens Police Department is also investigating the passing of counterfeit money at the Speedway on Richland Ave on April 17, 2016. A white male wearing an Ohio University t-shirt, as seen in the surveillance footage, provides the clerk with a counterfeit bill to pay for merchandise he selected in the store. After the transaction was complete and the male had left the store, it was determined the bill he passed was in fact counterfeit. The male left the lot in a 2006-2012 black Toyota Rav4.
The Athens and Nelsonville Police Departments are requesting your information pertaining to multiple restaurants being broken into and they appear to be related.
The following restaurants were forcibly entered and similar items were taken from each one:
- Dynasty Restaurant, 498 Richland Ave. Athens, February 9 to February 10, 2016
- Rhapsody, 18 Public Sq. Nelsonville, February 11 to February 12, 2016
- El Camino, 1017 E State St. Athens, February 12 to February 13, 2016
- OMG Rotisserie, 139 Columbus Rd. Athens, February 19 to February 20, 2016
- Mr. Taco, 122 W. Union St. Athens, February 20, 2016
- Dynasty Restaurant, 498 Richland Ave. Athens, April 4, 2016 at 1:35 AM
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.
Remember! Crime Solvers Anonymous needs your information and not your name so that your information can be passed onto the proper authorities.
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