Athens woman allegedly attacked after helping woman to her car

10:02 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens woman told police she was attacked Saturday while trying to help an injured woman to her car. The police report said Alexus Frei heard a woman yell for help on Clayton Street. 

The woman told Frei she had twisted her ankle and needed help getting back to her car. As Frei was letting the woman lean against her, she was suddenly slammed to the ground. She said another couple helped beat her and steal her purse.

"This case is still under investigation and we want to determine everything we can about it," said Major Mark Sizemore with Athens-Clarke Police. He urged anyone with information to call them.

Those working right in front of the area where Frei said she was attacked were surprised they didn't hear or see anything Saturday. They said a larger number of police were downtown because of a concert in Sanford Stadium, and it would be odd for anyone to get away with an assault in broad daylight on a downtown street.

"I was here all day, and I had my door open all day, but I did not hear or see anything," said Ray Harb, manager of the Lazy Shopper downtown.

Frei did not call police after the assault, they responded when notified she was in the hospital being treated for head and neck injuries. 

She told them she hadn't been drinking Saturday, but couldn't remember what time of day she was attacked or anything afterward. The only description she gave of her alleged attackers was that they were black.

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