Police search for man who ambushed woman at Smyrna park

Police want to find a man investigators said jumped a woman on a jogging trail, robbed her, and demanded sex. 

It happened at Jonquil Park on July 14. The Smyrna Police Department said a man hiding in the bushes ambushed the woman and demanded she give him $20. The victim did not have any money and told police the attacker stole her jewelry and then demanded sex. The woman was hit on the head and kicked in the back when investigators said she refused.

Thursday, police said a second female victim reported being sexually assaulted on July 2, also in the Smyrna area. Police think the same suspect could be behind both cases. 

Investigators described the man as being black, between 6 feet and 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing between 170 and 180 pounds. The man was clean shaven with a large nose and a tattoo on one of his hands. The woman told police the man had a strong voice and believes she saw him in the area earlier that week.  Based on her description, the Georgia Bureau of  Investigation was able to create a composite sketch.

People who frequent the park were surprised to learn about the alleged crime. 

"We've just never had any problems at this park," said Shaneik Johnson, who has lived near the park for seven years.  "Kids come here all the time.  So, that's really shocking."

Anyone with information is asked to call Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or the Smyrna Police Department at 770-434-6666.