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The State Botanical Garden Was the Setting of an Attempted Rape Friday in Athens, Ga.

Authorities Friday evening were combing the area of the State Botanical Garden on South Milledge Avenue.

 

The Athens Clarke County Police, the University of Georgia Police and the Oconee County Sheriff's Department were on Friday evening hunting for a suspect in an attempted rape in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

A man with a knife threatened to rape a woman as she walked on one of the many trails in the garden. After talking with the perpetrator, the UGA Police Blog says, but she was able to elude him and seek help. The woman called UGA Police to report the incident. She said it occurred about 4:20pm.

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.

The UGA blog says the suspect is 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.

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