Police are hoping the public can help identify a man who allegedly burglarized a home in Paulding County -- and cut the homeowner’s neck while holding her at knifepoint.
Angie Vaughn returned home after a night out on March 28, interrupting a man who was burglarizing her home on Ginnity Drive.
Paulding County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ashley Henson says the man surprised the homeowner, grabbing her from behind and holding a knife to her throat.
At one point she was able to break away, but the ‘smelly suspect’ snatched her back and continued to hit her, while hurling vulgar language at her, before he fled the scene and got away with money and credit cards.
“He was just a very grungy, dirty individual -- and just very violent with her,” Sgt. Henson tells WSB Radio’s Veronica Waters.
Henson adds that Vaughn noted the suspect was “very soiled and smelled of cigarettes.”
The homeowner, Angie Vaughn, chimed in on the Paulding County Sheriff’s Facebook page, correcting those who were assuming that the attack was not harmful to her.
“This attack happened against me, so to the ones sharing and offering to pray for me I really appreciate it and to the ones that think this is a joke you should really be ashamed of yourselves,” Vaughn’s post reads. “And for some of you to say well we thought she was just pushed, well how would you like someone to invade your home and push you? But just so you know I wasn't just pushed, he beat me, cut my throat and robbed me.
“This sketch wasn't just to help get me some kind of justice it was also to save all of you jokers from the same fate.”
“One of the things that she noted in her post was that he was able to cut her throat harshly -- not slice it open or anything like that -- but as a result of having a knife to her throat, she got cut a little bit,” Henson explains to WSB.
He adds, “To come home and interrupt a burglary, and to be abused the way she was, is a very unsettling incident.”
Henson says that that since posting the suspect’s sketch on their Facebook page, tipsters have posted photos of possible suspects, some of whom appear to be homeless. Police have said they are not counting out anything at this point as to the man’s identity or living situation.
Vaughn described the white male as having a foul odor consisting of a mixture of cigarettes and body odor. He is believed to be in his late 30’s to early 40’s and has brown hair. He was also described as having facial hair covering his top lip and appeared to be very dirty.
Tipsters are asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office at (770) 443-3015.