A man taken into custody after the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a University of West Georgia student is facing charges in two Georgia counties.
In Fulton, Timothy Wilson, 28, was charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment and aggravated assault against a police officer, Atlanta police Officer Lisa Bender said.
He also faces charges of kidnapping, hijacking a motor vehicle and aggravated assault in Carroll County.
Wilson waived his first appearance hearing Wednesday, according to the Fulton County jail. He is expected back in court Sept. 20.
The arrest follows an incident in which a woman was kidnapped at knife-point from a Kroger grocery store in Carroll County, Atlanta police Capt. Brian Schiffbauer said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not publish the names of sexual assault victims.
“The suspect forced the victim into her vehicle by knife,” Schiffbauer said, adding that she was then taken from Carrollton to Atlanta.
“It appears she was sexually assaulted at a location off Hamilton E. Holmes Drive in Northwest Atlanta,” Bender said.
Then, she was taken to the Ansley North Cooperative apartments at 1705 Monroe Drive, where she was able to contact her friends and family, Bender said.
During the incident, the woman was sending text messages to family members and pinging them with cellphone location pins, Schiffbauer said. Her family members called 911.
Officers surrounded the apartments to search for the kidnapper and found the suspect and victim in the parking lot, Bender said.
The man, who tried to get away after officers spotted him, crashed into some vehicles, including a patrol car, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said.
“He got out of the car, jumped a fence and got away,” Campos said.
Atlanta police later arrested Wilson.
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