The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a kidnapping and rape from Thursday night near Taylorsville.
According to a release, early Friday a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to meet with a 34-year-old female at Polk County Medical Center in Cedartown for a reported sexual assault. The female told the deputy she had stopped at the Dollar General, 2335 Highway 113, Taylorsville, between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday night. After buying some items, she left in her burnt orange Chrysler minivan and continued on her way home to Rockmart. Shortly after leaving the Dollar General, an unknown male surprised her from behind her seat and used her seat belt to strangle her, forcing her to pull over. The male then forced her to the rear seat and sexually assaulted her. After the assault, the male fled from the van in an unknown direction.
The female suffered some face and neck injuries and was treated and released from the hospital. She was able to describe the man as a large built, dark-tanned white male, middle-aged, with scruffy facial hair, wearing work boots. She reported that he smelled like he had not bathed and like he was a heavy cigarette smoker.
Investigators are following up on any leads to identify and arrest the offender. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed any of the events Thursday night on Highway 113 is asked to call the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 770-382-5050 extension 6032. Callers can remain anonymous.