Attorney of Cobb rape suspect: ‘They knew each other from the streets’

Cobb County police say Andrew Head kidnapped a woman in her own van, drove her around to three locations where he raped her each time and sent cops on a high-speed chase.

Head’s attorney said he’s not willing to agree to that account of what happened.

“The story that the alleged victim is telling is significantly different from what my client is telling,” Joel Bergstrom, with Justin Wyatt & Associates in downtown Marietta, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

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“If any sexual act took place it was consensual,” he added.

During a hearing Thursday, Head’s case was elevated from magistrate to superior court system, which handles the county's most serious and violent criminal cases.

The 28-year-old has been in jail since July 29, records show.

About 2:30 a.m. that day in July, according to a police warrant, he walked up to the woman behind the strip mall at 1140 Roswell Road, choked her and demanded all her money before forcing the woman into her own van.

He drove her to three locations all nearby and raped her in the back of her van on a bed of blankets, police wrote.

According to Channel 2 Action News, Head and the woman walked into a Texaco about 900 feet away from the location of the third alleged rape. She locked herself in a bathroom and yelled to a store clerk for help before calling 911.

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“Send some police out here. I just got kidnapped ... He’s taken off in my van. Just send the police!” she said on a recording of the 911 call obtained via an open records request by Channel 2.

The woman told a dispatcher she’d never seen Head before.

But, according to Head’s attorney Bergstrom: “They knew each other from the streets.”

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He said the woman was “Dumpster-diving at the time” and after seeing Head, invited him over. Bergstrom said the pair did methamphetamines together.

The next step in the case would be an indictment, which Bergstrom is expecting to come sometime within the next couple months.

“At this point we’re denying all allegations of everything,” the attorney said.

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