Cops: Gwinnett robbery suspect sexually assaulted 73-year-old woman

Gwinnett County police are searching for a man they believe has been targeting food delivery drivers in robberies and sexually assaulted a 73-year-old woman in her home.

The suspect, who has not been identified, has placed food delivery orders to three homes in the same Snellville neighborhood and robbed the drivers when they arrived, according to police. The suspect forced his way into the 73-year-old woman’s home in the same neighborhood before sexually assaulting and robbing her. 

The delivery driver robberies occurred on Wellington Hills Way, Wellington Hills Lane and King Richard Court, and the woman’s home was in the same area. All are off Bethany Church Road near Stone Mountain Highway (U.S. 78).

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The delivery driver robberies occurred on Nov. 29, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. The sexual assault also occurred on Dec. 2. In each robbery, when the delivery driver arrived, the suspect puled out a gun and demanded the drivers’ cash, wallets and cell phones, police said.

In the sexual assault case, the suspect knocked on the woman’s door and forced himself inside after she opened the door, police said. He immediately demanded money, but the woman said she didn’t have much. The suspect then told her to perform a sex act on him; when she refused, he put a gun to her head and “asked if she wanted to die,” according to police. The woman said she could not do what he was asking, so he instead masturbated in front of her, leaving semen on a chair that was later collected by police. 

The suspect then went through the woman’s purse and stole $30 from her wallet, police said. The woman started to cry, and the suspect gave her a tissue and said he would send the money back to her through a smartphone app. He tried to download the app on her cell phone, but was unsuccessful and left the home. 

Police believe the suspect is “escalating his violence towards his victims,” the department said in a release.

“It’s imperative that he is identified and captured as soon as possible so he doesn’t target anyone else,” Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a press release.

The suspect is between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and wears dark clothing when targeting victims. He has been armed with a handgun in each incident. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Crime Stoppers tips may be rewarded with up to $2,000 if they lead to an arrest or indictment.

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More details in the case were released in a court hearing Thursday.

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