Police say the suspect is a black man in his mid-40s who stands about 5-foot-8 and has little hair. He was "wearing a lot of dark clothes and had a very unpleasant odor," said Officer Kim Jones, a police spokeswoman.
Police declined to release any further information about the incident.
A neighbor told Channel 2 the suspect fled with a blanket, suggesting he might have been homeless.
Last week, Atlanta police arrested three men in connection with the November murder of Charles Boyer outside an apartment complex on Virginia Avenue. Investigators linked them to at least one home invasion in another Atlanta neighborhood and said they suspected they were linked to many other crimes.