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Police searching for Norcross rape suspect

Deivi Polanco

Deivi Polanco

NORCROSS — A man accused of kidnapping a Norcross woman, tying her up and assaulting her several times in an apartment last week — remained on the lam Wednesday.

Gwinnett County police believe Deivi Mauris Polanco, 31, kidnapped the victim as she was returning home from work at about 1:30 a.m. on April 16. Warrants charge him with kidnapping, rape, false imprisonment and hijacking a motor vehicle.

He has not yet been detained, police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Wednesday.

According to investigators, Polanco donned a mask and grabbed the woman outside her home, before forcing her into his car, binding her with duct tape and driving “for approximately 30 minutes before stopping.” He then raped the victim four times inside an apartment before forcing her into another unit and tying her up tighter, police said.

Polanco reportedly left and the woman managed to remove tape from her face and mouth and “chewed through the tape and zip-ties around her hands.” She got help at a nearby apartment.

Police were able to identify Polanco and the suspect and later “discovered that he was in possession of the victim’s cellphone.” The phone was located in Polanco’s car after he abandoned it and led officers on a foot chase, ultimately eluding them.

Polanco, whose last known address was at 1700 Treehouse Parkway in Norcross, has not yet been detained. Gwinnett County Jail records show Polanco was arrested twice in February on battery charges.

Ritter called last week’s incident “isolated.”