A Milledgeville man was apprehended Sunday after allegedly stealing a purse and attempting to sexually assault a woman, according to Milledgeville police.
Terald Jackson was arrested early Sunday morning, according to Maj. Reggie Hill of the Milledgeville Police Department.
He said Sunday morning at 2:35 a.m., a female left the downtown area after the Deep Roots Festival. She was walking to a residence on Holly Hill Drive, when approached by a man in a white Jeep Cherokee.
The victim recorded the tag number when the man pulled around and returned. The suspect exited the Cherokee, approached and demanded her purse or sex.
He forced himself on the female victim before snatching her purse and fleeing the scene.
MPD Officer Kyle McDade, off duty at the time, heard the tag number on his radio and realized he was behind the suspect's vehicle. McDade tailed the Cherokee.
The Cherokee was later found abandoned in the West Bryant Street area with no driver.
Baldwin County law enforcement received a call hours later from Jackson, who stated someone stole his Jeep Cherokee. The description allegedly matched the vehicle in question with the robbery and assault on the woman.
Det. Christopher Quattrocchi made contact with Jackson and realized his story was unclear. When brought in for questioning, the victim picked Jackson out of a lineup.
Jackson has been charged with robbery by sudden snatching and aggravated assault with the intent to rape.
Hill said the woman suffered no bodily harm.
“She wasn't injured in any way other than being afraid for her life at the time,” Hill said. “It was quick thinking on her part to obtain the tag and put it in her cell phone prior to him snatching her purse.”
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