COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Executive Director of the local Sexual Assault Support Center Kyle Bair says women are concerned, hearing news that a 27-year-old woman was tied up and raped by a stranger in her home off Blackmon Road.
Police say the suspect followed the victim into her house after she went to her mailbox and left her garage door unlocked.
"We've had several phone calls and questions from people in the community- What can I do to stay safe? People heard through word of mouth or through the news that an assault had occurred in one of our homes and they wanted to know what to do. There's common sense things that we should do every single day- lock your doors, don't advertise or announce where you're going, don't hide your key and then come home every day and reach in the same place to pull out your hidden key. People watch and people look for opportunities," Bair said.
And an opportunistic attack is what police believe happened in this case as opposed to a stalking situation.
Now, investigators they've narrowed down their list of leads and will be showing the victim a lineup of several photos in order to pinpoint the suspect.
"Even if you think, somebody's coming home, I'll leave the door unlocked for 30-45 minutes. That's enough time, enough opportunity for someone to take advantage of it," Bair added.
Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call the Columbus Police Department's Investigative Division at 706-653-3400.
The hotline for the Sexual Assault Support Center is 706-571-6010.
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