By Joe Johnson
A University of Georgia student was assaulted Saturday during a home invasion of her residence on East Cloverhurst Avenue, Athens-Clarke County police said.
The incident occurred at about 2 p.m., when the 21-year-old victim said she went into the residence after being outside and was followed in by a black male who attacked her and demanded money, according to police.
The assault caused the student to lose consciousness, police said, and when she awoke, the attacker was gone.
Police did not indicate whether anything was stolen or say if the attack might have been sexually motivated.
They also did not say what made the student lose consciousness.
Police said the suspect was described as a black male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.
In a Sunday morning statement, Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Cleveland Spruill said, “The safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance, and the police department is committed to using all investigative resources to identify and arrest this offender. We are asking the public to contact us with any information on this assault and always urge, ‘If You See Something, Say Something.’”
In addition, Spruill said, “any Athens-Clarke County resident or business owner may contact the department’s Community Outreach Division and ask to speak with a Neighborhood Service officer for home or business safety information.”
Police asked that anyone with information about the home invasion to call Detective David Harrison at (762) 400-7361.
Anonymous calls can be made to the Crime Stoppers confidential yip line at (706) 705-4775.
A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of the offender.