By Joe Johnson
Athens-Clarke County police on Friday announced the arrest of a suspect in the alleged armed robbery two days earlier of two women – one a recent University of Georgia graduate who the suspect allegedly raped -- near downtown Athens.
Quinntylis Demarcus Teasley, 20, of Athens, was charged with rape and two counts each of armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Police said the incident happened shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday, in the area of Foundry and Strong streets, just a couple of blocks from the downtown business area.
The women, both in their early 20s, were walking home from downtown when approached by a black male who was armed with a gun and had his face concealed, according to police
The suspect robbed the women of various items before leading the UGA grad to a secluded area where he allegedly raped her, police said.
The other woman ran to a friend’s home in the area to call 911, police said, and when an officer arrived at the scene, the rape victim ran to the officer from a wooded area.
Capt. Christopher Nichols, commanding officer of the police Criminal Investigations Division said it took a department-wide effort to identify and arrest Teasley, from the detectives who reviewed many hours of surveillance camera video footage, to the Crime Analysis Unit and Uniform Patrol Division.
He said Teasley was identified as a suspect because he appeared in video footage to be in the same locations at about the same time as the victims.
"Our analysts were able to analyze and connect several data sources which assisted in identifying a person of interest and led to investigators obtaining warrants for Teasley’s arrest," Nichols said. "Our patrol division was quick to locate and apprehend Teasley," who resided off of Lakeside Drive.
"Everyone worked together like a well oiled machine," Nichols said. "It was quite a heinous crime, so it’s always good when we take the perpetrator off the street.”