The Dalton Police Department arrested Javier Valdez-Rodriguez, 20, early Friday morning on charges related to three separate incidents that happened in June and August. He is charged with two counts of battery, one count of sexual battery, indecent exposure, and criminal attempted kidnapping.
The first incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on June 14. A woman reported she was walking down Walnut Avenue on her way home when a man pulled up beside her driving a dark-colored Honda. The suspect yelled to the victim to stop, but she kept walking. As she passed the Aaron’s Rental store on East Walnut, the suspect parked his car and got out and tried to grab her with both hands. The victim screamed for help and hit the suspect who disengaged and fled in his car.
The second incident was reported on June 17, at approximately 10 p.m. A woman reported that she was also walking through the parking lot at the Underwood Lodge apartments on Underood Street when she noticed a dark-colored Honda being driven fast. When the same woman came out of a nearby store she noticed the same car parked in the parking lot of the La Providencia store which was closed. The suspect called out to her and asked if she had a cigarette. When she answered she noticed his penis was out of his pants. The victim turned to run. She reported hearing footsteps behind her and seeing the suspect chasing her and trying to grab her. She screamed and the suspect stopped and got back into his car, leaving the scene.
The third incident happened on Aug. 23, shortly before 10 pm. also in the area of Beechland Street. The victim reported that she was walking down the street when the suspect drove up beside her and asked if she needed a ride. When she said no, he kept insisting and then got out of the car and tried to wrestle the victim into his car. She managed to escape, but her shirt was torn in the process. She ran home and reported the incident to investigators.
One of the victims in the case was able to report a tag number to investigators. Late Thursday night, detectives tracked down Valdez-Rodriguez using the tag number for his car and interviewed him. He was placed under arrest on charges related to the case.
Investigators are asking anyone else who may have experienced a similar attack to contact Detective Tommy Ensley at 706 278-9085, ext. 157.