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Police seek help finding violent robber

DORAVILLE - Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a robber who allegedly pistol-whipped an Alpharetta woman and swiped her wedding ring earlier this month.

The victim, Lesa DeFrain, 39, told police she was attacked Sept. 9 at a Copperleaf Townhomes sales center in Doraville, where she works as a Realtor.

Gwinnett police released a sketch of the suspect Wednesday. He's described as a physically fit black man, age 22 to 28, about 6 feet 1 inches tall and 180 pounds. He wore all black clothing during the attack, police said.

The incident happened just after noon, when the suspect entered the sales center on Kenwood Glen Terrace and lifted up his shirt to display a semi-automatic handgun, according to a police report.

He ordered DeFrain to "go upstairs" with him, and when she refused, fearing he might sexually assault her, he threatened to shoot her, the report says.

"She told the suspect to go ahead and shoot her because she was not going anywhere with (him)," an officer wrote.

The suspect then struck her several times in the head with the gun, before taking her wedding ring, iPhone and the keys to her 2006 Lotus parked outside. Witnesses saw the man flee on foot. A responding K-9 unit lost track of him inside a nearby apartment complex, the report says.

The wedding ring is worth about $5,000, police said.

A family member took DeFrain to a hospital for treatment, where she was released the same day, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

Police urge anyone with information about the incident to call the Gwinnett police robbery unit at 770-513-5300.