A man has been convicted of rape after the victim spotted him six years after the incident, according to Fulton County prosecutors.
Antonio White, 54, was sentenced to life without parole after he was convicted Friday night, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in a statement.
The victim recognized White while she waited at the Five Points MARTA station in October 2013, six years after the incident, Howard said.
“She was overcome by the moment and began to yell out that he was the man who had raped her six years earlier,” Howard said. “Hearing her cries for help, MARTA police arrested White and turned him over to Atlanta police.”
In August 2007, the victim was walking to the Hamilton E. Holmes station when White drove up in his gray Chevrolet Lumina and asked if she wanted a ride, according to prosecutors.
“The victim knew White from the former Carver Homes neighborhood in Southeast Atlanta where they both formerly lived, so she said OK,” Howard said. “Instead of driving her home, the defendant took the victim to an abandoned house on Bowen Avenue.
“As White opened his door, the victim opened her door and ran, but he chased her with a gun,” Howard said. “The defendant grabbed the victim’s hair from behind and pulled her back inside the car at gunpoint. White then raped the victim inside his vehicle.”
For years, the victim told family members and other people she had been raped, but she never officially reported the incident to police.
Prosecutors presented evidence at the trial of four previous sexual assaults by White, who has one previous rape conviction, a robbery conviction and a guilty plea to sexual battery.