Atlanta cops release suspect sketch in sexual assault of boy

Atlanta cops release suspect sketch in sexual assault of boy

Atlanta police hope a sketch of an alleged child molester and a reward of up to $2,000 will lead to an arrest in a sexual assault on a teenage boy.

On Sept. 23, a man allegedly lured a 13-year-old boy into a red sedan after pulling up to him near the Oakland City MARTA rail station, Officer Ralph Woolfolk said.

The man, possibly driving a Hyundai Sonata with a dealership drive-out tag, then took the boy to a vacant house on Childress Drive, where he performed a sex act on the teenage victim, Woolfolk said.

Lt. Celeste Murphy, head of the Atlanta Police Department’s special victims unit, said the man didn’t have a weapon and coaxed the boy into the vehicle by simply offering a ride.

The assault took place inside the car outside the vacant house, Murphy said. The victim escaped and reported the assault, Murphy said.

“He broke from the suspect and got away,” she said.

The victim described the alleged molester as being in his mid 30s, having dark skin, ”a low haircut with waves in his hair,” full beard and a scar or dot near his right eye, Woolfolk said.

Any information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tipsters do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

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