Suspect breaks leg fleeing rape attempt, Athens police say

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens man was recovering in the hospital Tuesday from a broken leg he suffered while fleeing from the scene of a burglary and attempted rape two days before, police said.

The assault happened in the Nellie B Homes housing complex early Sunday, but Athens-Clarke police did not release the incident report until Tuesday.

According to the report, a 24-year-old woman was asleep in her room at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday when she was wakened by a man on top of her and who had partially pulled down her pants.

The suspect, identified as Freddie Lamar Johnson Jr., “told (the victim) that he could have taken her in her sleep but that he had woken her up instead,” according to the incident report.

The intruder ran from the bedroom when the victim told him she was going to call 911, police said.

An officer who arrived a few minutes later was speaking to the victim when he heard a door slam upstairs and someone moving around, according to police.

When he drew his gun and approached the bottom of a staircase, the officer said he heard a thud outside. He found Johnson on his back on a patio. Johnson tried to get up and ignored orders to stay where he was, police said. The officer shoved Johnson back down with his foot.

Johnson was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for a broken femur he suffered from the second-story jump, according to police.

Officers determined he probably got into the victim’s home through a window.

Police took out warrants charging the 29-year-old Zebulon Drive resident with criminal attempt to commit rape and burglary. Police said he will be transferred to the Clarke County Jail once he recovers from his injury.

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