UGA student badly cut in apparent attack in downtown Athens


Police believe an incident in which a UGA student was severely injured in a possible assault occurred while he walked from Eddie's Calzones, 265 E. Clayton Strret, to his home at The Standard at Athens on North Thomas Street

By Joe Johnson

A University of Georgia student was severely cut when possibly attacked downtown last week, according to an Athens-Clarke County police incident report.

The incident occurred two days before another UGA student reported she was raped in a neighborhood west of downtown.

The 20-year-old student involved in the first incident told police that he left the Georgia Theatre on North Lumpkin Street at about 11 p.m. Thursday and went directly to Eddie’s Calzones on East Clayton Street, according to the police report.

The student “stated that the last thing he remembers is thinking the line at Eddie’s Calzones was too long, and then he woke up at home (in) his bed…covered in what he believed were stab wounds,” according to the police report.

The student’s roommate drove him to the hospital for treatment of what was described in the police report as large, deep cuts on his left wrist, left forearm, left rib cage and right knee.

His wallet was found by someone who notified him via the GroupMe smartphone app, and all it contained was the student’s driver’s license, according to the police report.

The investigating officer surmised in his report that the incident might have occurred between Eddie’s Calzones and the student’s apartment at The Standard at Athens complex on North Thomas Street.

The report noted that The Standard is a relatively short walk from the downtown that the student frequently took.

Two days after that incident, at about 3 a.m. Saturday, a 22-year-old UGA student reported she was raped by a stranger in the area of Dearing and South Church streets, police said.

The area is west of downtown Athens and several blocks from UGA’s North Campus in a neighborhood where many students live.

Police said the investigation of the reported rape was active and ongoing, and that anyone with information about the incident should contact Detective Rick Dearing at 762-400-7174 or frederick.dearing@accgov.com; or Sgt. Greg Dickson at 762-400-7070 or gregory.dickson@accgov.com.

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