Georgia Woman Groped and Robbed While Walking on Popular Atlanta Freedom Trail in the Middle of the Day

Police in Atlanta have launched an investigation after a woman was allegedly groped and robbed while walking on a popular trail in broad daylight last week.

An Atlanta Police Department officer responded to a restaurant located at 913 Bernina Avenue at roughly 4:25 p.m. on November 18 after a woman fled there and called to complain that she had been sexually assaulted and had her smartphone stolen on Freedom Trail.

The woman told an officer she was attacked by a man about an hour earlier after she passed him on the path and smiled "trying to be nice," WSBTV reported.

A police report containing the allegations, shared with Newsweek, said the man "placed his hands under her shirt, grabbing her breasts, then placed his hands under her skirt, touching her private area between her legs." She then fought back with closed fists.

After the assault, the woman said the man snatched her smartphone, a black iPhone X, from her hand and continued on Freedom Trail. The victim, who has not been named, said the phone did not contain a tracker. She declined medical treatment.

The woman described the suspect as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 foot 5 inches and of average build. He appeared around 40 years old and was wearing all-black clothes and a Broncos shirt.

According to the police report, an APD officer went to the area of the alleged assault but there did not appear to be cameras in place. A passerby told the officer that she had recently seen "several homeless individuals in the area" who "often ask to use phones and alarm others."

Police said the investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made.

"Investigators are actively pursuing all leads," a spokesperson told Newsweek today. "At this time, we do not have a unit specifically assigned to the Freedom Trail. It is patrolled by Zone 6 officers, with Path Force officers patrolling in areas where the trail intersects with the Beltline.

"After this incident occurred, officers patrolling those areas were made aware of it and placed on high alert. Crimes like this are something we take very seriously and our officers remain vigilant, working to ensure the safety of those using these trails. We ask that people remain aware of their surroundings and call 911 to report any suspicious activity they may observe."

The statement continued: "While we aren't able to pull crime numbers specific to the Freedom Trail, we did reach out to the Path Force commander as well as our Special Victims Unit commander, both of whom were unaware of a similar incidents occurring in this area recently."