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Police Look for Man Who Attacked Students Downtown

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Athens-Clarke County Police are looking for a suspect who attacked two University of Georgia students downtown early Friday morning.

Two male students were walking home on the 300 block of East Washington Street after eating  when an unknown man who was walking behind them began murmuring words that the students could not understand, according to a police report.

The man began murmuring louder, then began punching the victims, pushing them to the pavement.

The students were able to run away and used a ride-hailing app to go to the hospital, according to police. Both students suffered injuries to the back of their heads and faces.

ACCPD said the suspect is a white male in his late 20s to mid 30s with blond hair who is approximately 5 feet 6 or 7 inches tall and weighs between 180–190 pounds.

Public Information Officer Epifanio Rodriguez said detectives are working to obtain any video surveillance that may have captured the incident.

Rodriguez said the victims “traveled in a group, in a well lit area. However, with random attacks such as this, they are sometimes just crimes of opportunity and are unavoidable. Having said that, crimes of this nature are rare in our downtown area, and we believe our downtown to be a safe area for all.”

ACCPD asks anyone with information on the identity of the suspect in this case to contact Detective Black at 706-613-3330 ext. 798.