Owner of popular Athens bars arrested on rape, kidnapping charges

The owner of two popular downtown Athens bars was arrested Monday after a 21-year-old woman reported she was sexually assaulted at one establishment.

The alleged assault happened Sunday at Hedges on Broad, the East Broad Street bar and music venue owned by 38-year-old David Ellis Ippisch. The business owner is facing charges of battery, sexual battery, kidnapping and rape, Athens-Clarke County police said Tuesday in a news release.

Ippisch is being held in the Clarke County Jail without bond.

No further information about the alleged incident was released.

Ippisch also owns 100 Proof, another East Broad Street bar frequented by University of Georgia students.

Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to contact Detective David Harrison at 762-400-7361 or Lt. Derek Scott at 762-400-7068.

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