2nd man convicted of Buckhead kidnapping, rape after guilty plea

A second man was convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman in Buckhead after DNA linked him to the assault, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said.

Torrance Hambrick, 20, pleaded guilty to charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping, hijacking a motor vehicle and weapons offenses for the March 2013 attack on a 26-year-old woman, Fulton DA Paul Howard said. Hambrick was sentenced to life in prison, plus five years following his March 5 plea, Howard’s office said.

On March 18, 2013, the victim was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Peachtree and Roxboro Roads when several men approached her car and asked for a ride, according to investigators. Before she could respond, the men entered her car and told her to drive around the Buckhead area, and at one point, a gun was pointed at her head.

The woman was forced into the backseat of the car with Hambrick and 22-year-old Willie Tims, who was convicted in May 2014. The two men alternated raping the woman, who was then able to drive away, go home and call police, according to investigators.

Two weeks after the attack, Tims called the victim and texted a picture of himself to her. He was arrested a few days later and claimed the sex was consensual. Tims was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life terms, plus 70 years in prison.

Hambrick was implicated by Tims, but remained at large until July 2014, when a tip led to his whereabouts, investigators said. Hambrick’s DNA was a positive match to DNA evidence collected from the crime scene.