Police: Man posed as priest before beating, raping 2 women in Dunwoody apartment

Dunwoody police are trying to track down an alleged serial rapist accused of posing as a Mormon priest to lure two women into his apartment before sexually assaulting them.

The department on Thursday asked for the public’s help to locate 46-year-old Marco Aries “Magic” Johnson after connecting him to two separate incidents, one in July and the other earlier this month. Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Creek said Johnson is wanted on charges of rape, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

According to police, Johnson targeted women walking or waiting at bus stops. He drove near Chamblee and Doraville in a black 2011 Toyota Camry trying to find victims, police said. The vehicle has a Georgia license plate with tag number CCQ3983.

Police said he gained their confidence by telling the women he was a spiritual reader and priest for a youth ministry affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On both occasions, police allege, Johnson enticed the victims by offering them rides. He then took them back to his Dunwoody apartment, where he is accused of beating and sexually assaulting them, according to investigators.

Creek said both women suffered injuries, but he could not elaborate on the severity of those injuries.

Police ask anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts to call the Dunwoody Police Department at 678-382-6900, or to contact Detective Robert Ehlbeck at 678-382-6925 or via email at robert.ehlbeck@dunwoodyga.gov.