A 27-year-old North Carolina man arrested Sunday for the alleged rape of a woman at her home in Athens, Georgia also is suspected of causing thousands of dollars in damage at a local student housing complex, Athens-Clarke County police said.
Darrius Jadon Richmond of Elon, N.C., was arrested following a 24-year-old woman’s allegation that he raped her, police said. He also was charged with false imprisonment and battery in connection with the alleged assault.
Soon after the rape was reported, a tenant of the student housing complex alerted management that the office and clubhouse at the complex had been extensively vandalized.
Damages totaled more than $3,000, police said, and the destruction included a water fountain torn from a wall that leaked water throughout the building, smashed mirrors and lamps, a TV that was busted from thrown billiard balls, chairs that were cut and a toilet that had the tank top smashed and its seat torn off.
Officers found no evidence of a break-in, but the office and clubhouse can be accessed through a door with a keypad lock located near the pool area, police said.
A tenant at the complex told police that two tires of his car had been slashed and that he believed Richmond was responsible, according to police.
The alleged rape appears to have occurred at the same complex, which the Athens Banner-Herald is not naming to protect the victim’s identity.
Anyone who has been sexually assaulted or knows someone who has can contact The Cottage. The agency provides a range of services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse, and also young witnesses to domestic violence and violent crime. All services are free and include medical accompaniment, advocacy, referrals, counseling and support groups. The Cottage also provides services for adult victims of sexual assault and support for secondary survivors.