Woman sexually assaulted on Walton Way

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January 10, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---An elderly woman returning from walking her dog was attacked and raped along Walton Way in Augusta.

This happened not far from Augusta State University.

Investigators say there are several unusual aspects to this case. The first is that they say it was a stranger to stranger rape--they don't believe the woman knew the attacker. Secondly, the victim is 74 years old and retired. Thirdly, the Walton Way area is a pretty good area, and officers say this kind of thing doesn't happen there very often.

The incident report shows the woman was out walking her dog around 6 o'clock this morning. When she arrived home she was attacked, pushed into her home, apparently raped and then robbed.

At this point, investigators don't know if the attacker followed her home, knew her route, or was just waiting for her to get back.

After the incident, the attacker escaped in a Dodge Caravan, headed eastbound on Walton Way.

"Not only is this incident unusual in that area, it's unusual in Augusta altogether," said Maj. Ken Autry. "We don't have that many stranger-to-stranger rapes in Augusta."

Maj. Autry says of the roughly 91 reported rapes reported last year, fewer than five were stranger-to-stranger.

The area is very popular for runners in the early morning and early evening hours. There are also several schools in the area.

The attacker is described as a black male between 25 and 35 years old, wearing a black skull cap and driving a Dodge Caravan. The following is a composite sketch.