STONE MOUNTAIN - Gwinnett County police will host a community meeting tonight in Lilburn as part of the ongoing investigation concerning the rape of a 15-year-old girl last week.
Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said the meeting is the result of a distinct pattern of violence that has recently been seen in the area where the incident occurred.
Moloney said this was the first rape, but not the only occurrence of crime and assault in the neighborhood.
Police said the teen returned home from school Wednesday about 3 p.m. when she was violently attacked at her Stone Mountain home.
The man bound the teen inside her Lakebrooke Run home then sexually and physically assaulted her then fled, Moloney said.
After escaping the restraints and calling for help, the teen was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center where, Moloney said, she was treated for injuries believed to be from blunt force trauma. Moloney said the girl's injuries were not life threatening.
The girl's attacker is described as a large black man wearing a black ski mask and red shirt, Moloney said.
The rather secluded, older neighborhood near Highway 78, Moloney said, is not a high traffic area, but crime has increased in the past months.
"Since about November of last year the neighborhood has noticed an unfortunate steady increase of property crime, burglary and recently, person assaults," Moloney said.
Police patrols in the area increased due to the increase in incidents, Moloney said.
"This meeting is important both to relay and receive information that could result in an arrest, as well as to answer the community's obvious concerns," Moloney said.
Community member who attend the 7 p.m. meeting at Mountain Park Elementary School, located at 1500 Pounds Road in Lilburn, will receive information about the events that have taken place in the neighborhood and how residents can aid in the investigation.
"The purpose is to discuss steps the police department has taken so far, future plans, and ways the community can respond," Moloney said.
Although the meeting is open to the public, officers are requesting only members of the Lakebrooke Run and immediate surrounding communities attend.
"The meeting is open to the public," Moloney said. "We ask only those in the Lakebrooke and immediately surrounding communities attend because of space issues. If space is available, no one will be turned away."
Moloney said a $11,000 reward is being offered by family and friends of the teen for the arrest and conviction of the rape suspect.
The Police Department has created an anonymous tip hotline for anyone who has information concerning the incident. Moloney said anyone with information is asked to call 770-513-5390. He said the number will connect to a voice mail system where messages can be left.
Officers are asking callers to leave a call back number along with any information they may have, Moloney said. Any names or phone numbers left on the recording are confidential, Moloney added.
If You Go
•What: Lakebrooke Run community meeting
•When: 7 p.m. Today
•Where: Mountain Park Elementary School, 1500 Pounds Road in Lilburn