Intruder tries to rape, rob resident

A 37-year-old Hephzibah woman was assaulted during an attempted robbery Monday morning, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

She said the robber entered her home in the 4200 block of James Drive shortly after 4 a.m. through a bathroom window at the rear of the residence.

He woke her and demanded sex. She refused, and the intruder tried to leave through the back door, which was screwed shut.

When she followed him, he pointed a gun at her and picked up a white towel that contained numerous items belonging to her nephew.

After she asked him to not take the items, he put them down and, while pointing the gun at her, demanded a towel to wipe blood off of his leg.

He again demanded sex, and she again refused. He walked backwards while pointing the gun at her and left through the front door.

A deputy found the bathroom window open and the items in the towel. No blood was found on the towel that the resident said the assailant had used to wipe his leg with.

The assailant was described as 20-25 years old, black with dark complexion, about 5 feet 3 inches tall and 130 pounds, with short black hair. He wore a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts.

The resident said she believes she had seen the man about three weeks ago at another residence in the same block.

Anyone with information about the intruder is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

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