K-9 search teams from Oconee County Friday assisted University of Georgia Police in the hunt for an attempted rape suspect in Athens near the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
A man armed with a knife threatened to rape a woman as she walked on one of the trails but she was able to break free and seek help, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. The woman called UGA Police around 4:20 p.m. to report the incident, according to the newspaper.
Shortly before 7 p.m., the Oconee County Sheriff's Office sent out a Nixle alert advising that K-9s were deployed and patrol deputies were assisting with the search. Athens-Clarke County Police were also involved, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.
Authorities gave the following description of the suspect: a white man with short, blonde hair, 6'0" and 150 pounds. He was said to have been wearing blue sweat pants, a green and white hooded sweatshirt, white running shoes and black sunglasses.
Contact 911 or the UGA Police Department at (706) 542-2200 with any information.