As details are beginning to emerge about last week’s sexual assault of a female doctor at Colonial Court Apartments on Walton Way right across the street from Augusta University’s Summerville campus, many students and faculty members at the college are shocked that there still has been no arrest in the case.
The female doctor was found bound, gagged, raped and her throat was cut by a knife.
It was a horrific attack, but there still has been very little information released by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office relating to any potential suspects in the March 15 assault.
The only information provided by the sheriff’s office is that the suspect is identified as a black male, around 5′11″ and weighing 180 to 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and dark-colored pants.
Any real details about the incident have been released by the local media. Not the sheriff’s office.
WRDW News Channel 12 reporter Liz Owens did a thorough story just this week stating that the female doctor who was assaulted did not know her attacker.
The woman was able to call for help using Facetime on her phone.
An employee at the hospital where the doctor works alerted authorities of the attack, according to News Channel 12.
Here is a partial transcript of the 911 call, according to Owens’ story:
Caller: We see her lying on the floor with tape across her mouth. She is crying right now.
911: You said she is one of your colleagues?
Caller: Yes, so she didn’t show up to work today we were calling her and she responded. She reached out with Facetime and we saw her lying down.
911: You said she is tied up?
Caller: It looks like she is tied up; I can only see her from the belly up.
(The caller tries to ask the doctor questions, but she can only communicate by nodding.)
Caller: Have you been this way overnight or just this morning? Overnight.
She is in her bedroom … and is unsure if her attacker is still in her apartment.
911: Police are about to enter the residence.
Caller: I think they’re there, okay, so don’t worry.
911: Do you see the police?
Caller: I don’t see them in the phone, but I hear someone knocking.
(Seconds later deputies force their way through the victim’s front door.)
911: You see a deputy?
Caller: I see someone with a flashlight. I see the flashlight. Yeah, I think they’re entering downstairs.
Finally, the deputies reach the victim who tells officers her throat has been slit and she had been bound and gagged for almost seven hours.
The attack apparently happened around 2 a.m. that morning.
While these are terrifying details that no one wants to hear, the public and especially students and faculty members at Augusta University need to be aware of the circumstances surrounding the sexual assault.
News Channel 12 also uncovered some disturbing statistics.
“Since 2013, 23 people reported being sexually assaulted within a mile radius of the campus. We do not know how many of those assaults involved a stranger,” Owens reported. “Countywide, there are 386 reported cases over the last five years.”
Another local television station attempted to seek answers from Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree regarding the sexual assault, but the reporter got nowhere.
WJBF News Channel 6 Senior Reporter George Eskola pointed out that it had been days since the attack near the Summerville campus and there has been little information provided by the sheriff’s office.
Augusta University students told Eskola that they have heard “nothing” from local law enforcement about the assault.
Eskola even tracked down the sheriff during his regular mile walk around the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office along Walton Way to try to get some answers.
But despite Eskola’s repeated attempts to ask Roundtree some questions regarding the attack near the Summerville campus, the sheriff continued on his walk and would not comment.
“There’s a lot of questions out there,” Eskola told Roundtree.
The sheriff just kept walking around the block.
“George,” Roundtree told Eskola, “if you want to walk, walk.”
The sheriff might want to consider taking his daily walks around the Summerville campus and talking to some of its staff and students while he is exercising.
It would be just as good of a workout as walking around his office building and he might help some local college students feel a little safer.
Who knows? He might even get some leads in the case.