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Carriage Hill Apartments - Planned Water Outage and Boil Order
The City of Athens will be completing the installation of replacement valving for the water pump station on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from10 A. M. until 5 P. M. The work will require a water outage for Carriage Hill Apartments. Read on...
Athens Police Department Warns of Scam Pretending to be IRS, FBI and Police Department
On July 22, 2016 Athens Police were contacted by a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada in regards to a telephone scam. The phone number used was (740) 593-6606 which is a number for the Athens Police Department. Read on...
SR 682 Exit Ramp From US 50/33 Will Be CLOSED July 25th - August 18th, 2016
The Ohio Department of Transportation announced that State Route 682 exit ramp from US 50/US 33 into the City of Athens will be CLOSED from July 25th through August 18th, 2016. The road will open PRIOR to Ohio University move-in weekend. Read on...
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APDSuspect.jpgThe DNA composite poster we released in news conference, as provided by the company Parabon-Nanolabs.  As previously stated, this composite was developed by the company using DNA samples of our suspect in the Predator Sexual Assault Case.  We would ask anyone who might recognize this subject to please call the Athens Police Department at 740-592-3313.

The City of Athens Police Department is continuing the investigation of the sexual assault cases that have been linked to the perpetrator described below. Over eighty tips have been reported to the police department, however, the number of tips have tapered off. The police are investigating every reported tip. The police encourage people to keep reporting tips that could assist in the investigation. Crime tips can also be provided to Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous by calling (740) 594-3331.
The Athens City Chief of Police and the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office alerted members of the community on January 28th, 2016 that they have identified a third sexual assault linked to cases in 2006 and June of 2015.
DNA evidence from a sexual assault occurring on December 12, 2015 matches the DNA evidence from the suspect involved with the June 11th, 2006 and June 20th, 2015 cases. The sexual assault occurred under similar circumstances, when the female victim walked home alone from the uptown area early in the morning.
Athens police believe the suspect to be a white male in his late-20s to early-30s. His height is 5’8” to 5’9”, and he weights approximately 160 pounds.


Since the announcement of the third sexual assault, the Athens Police Department and the Ohio University Police Department have increased foot patrol presence in the uptown area and other locations of concern. The city encourages everyone, especially students, to stay alert and be upstanding and active bystanders. Please visit the website for information regarding being an upstanding and active bystander.
Investigation, by nature, typically take some time. We ask the community to be patient as the investigative process progresses. Limited information will be released in order to protect the integrity of the investigation. 
The City of Athens urges the community to limit the use of social media regarding tips and potential perpetrator accusations. Please report these directly to the Athens Police Department. Misinformation can be harmful to the investigation, slander innocent people and potentially harm the victims further. We ask that you check the official information at the City of Athens website ( or the City of Athens Police Department Facebook page (on Facebook, search Athens Police Department)
The Public Information Officer for these cases is Ron Lucas, Deputy Service-Safety Director. He can be reached at (740) 592-3340 or email

Additional Information from the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP) (740)591-4266
Safety Tips for preventing Sexual Assault
The only real way to prevent a sexual assault is to prevent the perpetrators from performing the assault. That being said there are some steps that can be taken in order to make sure that you are being as safe as you can be. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, these are some actions that can be taken to help prevent sexual assault:
- Be a role model for respectful behavior to those around you. 
- Talk with your family about healthy sexual development and personal boundaries. 
- Intervene and speak up when you see inappropriate behavior. To better equip yourself in these situations, practice what you might say or do. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network has these tips for bystanders: 
-Create a distraction.
-Do what you can to interrupt the situation. A distraction can give the person at risk a chance to get to a safe place.
-Ask directly.
-Talk directly to the person who might be in trouble.
-Refer to an authority.
-Sometimes the safest way to intervene is to refer to a neutral party with the authority to change the situation, like an RA or security guard.
-Enlist others.
-It can be intimidating to approach a situation alone. Enlist another person to support you.
-Your actions matter 
-Whether or not you were able to change the outcome, by stepping in you are helping to change the way people think about their role in preventing sexual assault. If you suspect that someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are steps you can take to support that person and show you care.
- Talk to someone from your local sexual assault center for more information. Invite them to speak in your schools, faith communities or workplaces. 
- Learn more about sexual violence and share information with others. 
If you find yourself or notice that someone else is in an emergency situation please do not hesitate to call 911. 

Regardless of age or gender, the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program is available within Athens, Meigs, Perry, Vinton, Hocking, Gallia and Morgan counties to assist survivors of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking. We help in accessing supportive services, in advocating for victims’ rights, and in assisting survivors beginning their journey towards recovery. We can be reached at 740-591-4266.
We are seeking information on the suspect who is described as a white male in his late twenties to early thirties, 5’8” to 5’9” tall, and weighing approximately 160 pounds. The attached composite was developed by the victim of the 2015 incident.  If you have any information related to these two incidents or know the identity of the suspect, please provide it to the Athens Police Department in one of the following methods:  Call (740)566-4208 to provide your information to an officer (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM); Visit  and complete a Crime Tip; or Call (740)592-3313.  If you believe you were a victim of this subject, in addition to the previously mentioned methods for providing your information, you are also encouraged to visit and complete the form.  Crime tips can also be provided to Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous by calling (740)594-3331.

The Athens City Source App is now available!
Report a Concern, Get the Latest News and Information and Much More!  Search "Athens City Source App" in the iTunes Store or Google Play.