Police to hold meeting to address concerns of Stone Mountain area

Gwinnett County police are focusing their attention on the Stone Mountain sexual assault by sponsoring a community meeting, offering an $11,000 reward and setting up a tip line.

The meeting will be held Tuesday night at Mountain Park Elementary in Lilburn.

"This whole department is geared toward the crimes in the Lakebrooke Run area," said Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Department spokesman.

Last week, a 15-year-old Stone Mountain student was beaten and raped in her home. The attack followed a string of crimes in East Parke, a once-peaceful middle-class neighborhood. Since May, there have been 11 burglaries in the neighborhood, including two burglaries where women in the homes were assaulted, police said. Authorities believe the suspect in the rape could be connected to the burglaries.

A group of residents, identifying themselves as friends and family of the victim, is offering an $11,000 reward for the arrest and conviction in the case.

Police have created an anonymous tip line. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-513-5390. This is an unmanned line connected to voice mail and without caller ID or other tracing capabilities, police said.