Marietta man charged with 2 attempted rapes at apartment complex

Cobb County police have arrested a Marietta man who is now accused of two attempted rapes at the same apartment complex.

Patrick Demetrius Payton, 32, was picked up last Friday after a brutal attack that day at the Belle Chase apartment complex on Bellemeade Drive near Marietta. Investigators now believe he is also responsible for another attempted rape at the complex Jan. 24, police said Friday.

According to investigators, last week a man approached a woman on her patio, partially removed his pants and then began forcibly removing her clothing. He punched her in the face when she resisted, police said. The woman was treated for severe facial injuries at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, police said.

Payton is being held without bond at the Cobb County jail on aggravated battery, attempted rape and other other charges.

The May attack was similar to the one in January, police said. They released a sketch of the suspect in March.

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“When the victim did not respond to the verbal advances of the suspect, the male physically began to fondle her,” Sgt. Dana Pierce told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in March. “When the suspect attempted to disrobe the victim in a corner of the room, she attempted to flee, but not before being struck repeatedly on the face.”

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