Photo: 8/2/2012:  Unknown wanted man ▬►IDENTIFIED as Rakheem Jerome Byrd ▬►ARRESTED: Article: Lovejoy, Georgia: Lovejoy police tell Channel 2 Action News they have arrested the man they say attacked and then tortured a Clayton County woman for hours before leaving her for dead. </p><br /><br />
<p>Police arrested Rakheem Jerome Byrd in Spalding County during a traffic stop. Investigators said Byrd was driving the victim's car at the time of the arrest. </p><br /><br />
<p>Investigators have been looking for Byrd since the weekend after a woman reported he had severely beaten her.<br /><br /><br />
"He tortured me for hour, for hours. It's like he enjoyed just torturing me," the woman said. </p><br /><br />
<p>The victim said she first met the man who called himself Raheem at a Tara Boulevard Citgo gas station last Thursday. </p><br /><br />
<p>The two talked and she gave him her phone number. </p><br /><br />
<p>Saturday morning she said he showed up unannounced at her home and wanted to take her out. She refused but allowed him to come in and used the restroom. </p><br /><br />
<p>The victim said that's when he began attacking her and didn't stop until sometime Saturday evening. </p><br /><br />
<p>"He squeezed me until I blacked out. Then he'd throw me, like body-slammed me on the floor, like his preference was my head hitting the floor. Then once I came back to, he'd do it again," she said. "He tried to tie me up, punching me, kicking me." </p><br /><br />
<p>Byrd is being charged with aggravated assault, theft by taking and false imprisonment. </p><br /><br />
<p>According to records on the Department of Corrections website, Byrd had just gotten out of prison on aggravated assault charges. He told his last victim that he did the same thing to his girlfriend. </p><br /><br />
<p>SOURCE: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-make-arrest-brutal-beating-clayton-co-woman/nP9N4/</p><br /><br />
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<p>8/2/2012: SHOCKING: WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER: Lovejoy, Georgia: Police are hunting for a man they said attacked and then tortured a Clayton County woman for hours before leaving her for dead. The woman survived and is recovering in a local hospital from what police describe as a "severe beating." </p><br /><br />
<p>A GBI sketch artist Wednesday sat down with the victim and drew a portrait of the man they are looking for. </p><br /><br />
<p>Police hope the sketch will lead them to the suspect known only to the woman as ▬►"Raheem." </p><br /><br />
<p>Channel 2's Tony Thomas spoke with the victim who described the ordeal. </p><br /><br />
<p>"He tortured me for hour, for hours. It's like he enjoyed just torturing me," the woman said. </p><br /><br />
<p>Channel 2 Action News is withholding the name of the victim for her protection. </p><br /><br />
<p>The victim said she first met the man who called himself Raheem at a Tara Boulevard Citgo gas station last Thursday. </p><br /><br />
<p>The two talked and she gave him her phone number. </p><br /><br />
<p>Saturday morning she said he showed up unannounced at her home and wanted to take her out. She refused but allowed him to come in and used the restroom. </p><br /><br />
<p>The victim said that's when he began attacking her and didn't stop until sometime Saturday evening. </p><br /><br />
<p>"He squeezed me until I blacked out. Then he'd throw me like body slammed me on the floor, like his preference was my head hitting the floor. Then once I came back to, he'd do it again," she said. "He tried to tie me up, punching me, kicking me." </p><br /><br />
<p>Lovejoy Police Sgt. Michael Gaddis said when investigators arrived Sunday, there was blood everywhere in the woman's house. Furniture was broken from where the attacker had smashed tables upside the woman's head.</p><br /><br />
<p>The man also apparently heated up some grits at one point and tried to burn her by throwing them at her. </p><br /><br />
<p>The victim said at one point he forced her into the bathtub and said he was going to drown her. </p><br /><br />
<p>Gaddis also has a frying pan in evidence that has a huge hole in the bottom of it. Police believe it cracked after being used as a weapon against the woman's head several times. </p><br /><br />
<p>The victim says she blacked out at least 20 times during the attack and the man would wait until she woke up and then begin hurting her again. </p><br /><br />
<p>"Tears started and he was now you wanna cry? Now you wanna cry? Well you know there ain't no sense in you crying because I'm going to kill you, you know I'm not leaving without you being dead?" The victim said the man told her. </p><br /><br />
<p>She said she finally woke up sometime Saturday night and he was gone. She doesn't know what time it was but that it was dark. Her phones were all stolen so she said she waited by the front door until daylight then went to a neighbor's house for help. </p><br /><br />
<p>Gaddis said they are now focusing on the sketch as a way to identify the suspect. </p><br /><br />
<p>"I think he's done this several times before. He seemed like he didn't have a conscious about anything," Gaddis said. </p><br /><br />
<p>The victim's ▬►2005 Blue Toyota Corolla is still missing. It has a Georgia Tag of AGI-7082. </p><br /><br />
<p>The sketch shows the suspect with some very ▬►unusual tattoos. One is of "NY," as in New York, on one side of his neck and two tear drops coming out of his right eye. </p><br /><br />
<p>Police said the victim also believes he had the name Mary Butler tattooed on his left forearm. </p><br /><br />
<p>Police ask anyone with information to call Lovejoy Police at 678-610-9748.</p><br /><br />
<p>SOURCE: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-release-sketch-man-they-say-brutally-assaul/nP8g7/

WANTED MAN FINALLY IDENTIFIED AS RAKHEEM JEROME BYRD ARRESTED (Lovejoy, Georgia) – Lovejoy police have arrested the man they say attacked and then tortured a Clayton County woman for hours before leaving her for dead. Police arrested Rakheem Jerome Byrd in Spalding County during a traffic stop. Investigators said Byrd was driving the victim’s car at the time of the arrest. Investigators have been looking for Byrd since the weekend after a woman reported he had severely beaten her. “He tortured me for hour, for hours. It’s like he enjoyed just torturing me,” the woman said.

(Previous infomation on this story below, including latest 8/4/12 update)

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LASTEST UPDATE – August 4th, 2012 –>

A man accused of repeatedly beating a woman into unconsciousness with a skillet was arrested late Thursday night in Spalding County.

And police said he was caught driving the woman’s 2005 Toyota Corolla.

Investigators have charged Mr. Rakheem Jerome Byrd, 27, of Hampton, with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and theft by taking of a motor vehicle, Lovejoy police spokesman Sgt. Michael Gaddis said Friday.

The victim remained at Atlanta Medical Center a week later with serious injuries , Sgt. Gaddis said.

She told police she met the man at a Tara Boulevard gas station on July 26 and gave him her phone number.

She said the attacked began between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. July 28 after the man arrived at her home uninvited and then refused to leave, Sgt. Gaddis said.

“The victim went upstairs and the suspect followed her, grabbed her by the throat and began choking her until she passed out,” Sgt. Gaddis said.  “Once she woke up, he began kicking and hitting her with the leg of an end table and dragged her downstairs where he threw her on the floor several times.”

The suspect also struck her several times on the head with a cast iron skillet, which police said cracked during the attack.

The woman blacked out multiple times during the attack. After she blacked out the last time, she awoke to find the man was gone. It was also dark outside. She went to a neighbor’s home for help Sunday morning and the neighbor called police, Sgt. Gaddis said.

Investigators said they found broken furniture and blood throughout the woman’s home Sunday.

“I think he’s done this several times before,” Sgt. Gaddis said. “The brutal attack, the way it happened.”

So far, police have not found any other victims, Sgt. Gaddis said.

Investigators had taken out warrants for Mr. Byrd’s arrest around the same time Spalding County officials pulled him over in the woman’s stolen car Thursday night.

Mr. Byrd remained in the Clayton County Jail without bond Saturday, according to booking records.

NEWS SOURCE – http://www.examiner.com/article/update-man-charged-brutal-assault-of-woman-her-home

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WANTED MAN – Lovejoy, Georgia – Police are hunting for a man they said attacked and then tortured a Clayton County woman for hours before leaving her for dead. The woman survived and is recovering in a local hospital from what police describe as a “severe beating.”

A GBI sketch artist Wednesday sat down with the victim and drew a portrait of the man they are looking for.
Police hope the sketch will lead them to the suspect known only to the woman as “Raheem.”

Channel 2’s Tony Thomas spoke with the victim who described the ordeal. “He tortured me for hour, for hours. It’s like he enjoyed just torturing me,” the woman said. Channel 2 Action News is withholding the name of the victim for her protection.

The victim said she first met the man who called himself Raheem at a Tara Boulevard Citgo gas station last Thursday. The two talked and she gave him her phone number. Saturday morning she said he showed up unannounced at her home and wanted to take her out. She refused but allowed him to come in and used the restroom.

The victim said that’s when he began attacking her and didn’t stop until sometime Saturday evening. “He squeezed me until I blacked out. Then he’d throw me like body slammed me on the floor, like his preference was my head hitting the floor. Then once I came back to, he’d do it again,” she said. “He tried to tie me up, punching me, kicking me.”

Lovejoy Police Sgt. Michael Gaddis said when investigators arrived Sunday, there was blood everywhere in the woman’s house. Furniture was broken from where the attacker had smashed tables upside the woman’s head. The man also heated up some grits at one point and tried to burn her by throwing them at her. The victim said at one point he forced her into the bathtub and said he was going to drown her. 

Gaddis also has a frying pan in evidence that has a huge hole in the bottom of it. Police believe it cracked after being used as a weapon against the woman’s head several times. The victim says she blacked out at least 20 times during the attack and the man would wait until she woke up and then begin hurting her again.

“Tears started and he was now you wanna cry? Now you wanna cry? Well you know there ain’t no sense in you crying because I’m going to kill you, you know I’m not leaving without you being dead?” The victim said the man told her.

She said she finally woke up sometime Saturday night and he was gone. She doesn’t know what time it was but that it was dark. Her phones were all stolen so she said she waited by the front door until daylight then went to a neighbor’s house for help.

“I think he’s done this several times before. He seemed like he didn’t have a conscious about anything,” Gaddis said.

Police said the victim also believes he had the name Mary Butler tattooed on his left forearm.

Police ask anyone with information to call Lovejoy Police at 678-610-9748.

WSBTV – http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-release-sketch-man-they-say-brutally-assaul/nP8g7/