AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County deputies are looking for a man suspected of attacking a woman in the parking lot of her apartment complex and forcing her to perform sexual acts.
The woman was returning to her apartment at Madison on the Green shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday when she was attacked from behind, Sgt. Glen Rahn said. She was forced to perform sexual acts at knifepoint.
She was able to break free from her attacker and made it to her residence where she called the sheriff's office.
Jacob Stephens lives in Madison on the Green with his girlfriend and her four-year-old son, and he says news of the attack scared all of them.
"She was in shock and scared more than anything because she was afraid it would happen to her," Stephens says.
He's lived in the complex for only three months, and he says this incident has him worried about his girlfriend's safety.
"I feel for her and her son's safety more than mine because I have a gun and I know how to use it," he says.
Stephens says even with police patrolling the neighborhood, he still has his doubts about how safe it is.
"It's kind of a false sense of security for me because they can't be here all the time.Tthey'll sit up there in the middle of the day for ten or fifteen minutes, but who's going to do anything like that in the middle of the day? They need to be here on the weekends and late at night," says Stephens.
He says he would also like to see a gate added to keep people from just randomly walking through the complex.
"You don't know if they live here or not or if they're just passing through to see somebody. Makes you wonder when you're at work too if you're stuff is even safe being here," he says.
Stephens is already looking to move out of the complex, but until then he'll take precautions.
"Keep your doors locked and keep a close eye on your children and your valuables," he urges neighbors.
The attacker is described as a black man about 6' tall and about 170 pounds with shoulder-length dreadlocks, according to the sheriff's office. He was wearing red gym shorts, a white T-shirt and white shoes.
Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 706-821-1080. All calls can remain confidential.