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Rapist at large after violent attack at an apartment complex in the Edgehill area

Posted: 5:29 PM, Feb 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-26 02:38:44Z
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Days after the attack, a suspect is still at large after a violent rape and robbery in the Edgehill neighborhood.

The man allegedly attacked the woman in her parking garage at Note 16 Apartments on Horton Avenue.

The suspect is described as a man, 20-30 years old with a light complexion and freckles. He is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs around 250 lbs. It is possible he goes by the name Cory.

After the attack, the victim knocked on the door of a neighbor's home and remained there until police arrived.

Video surveillance from before the crime was committed has been released. You can see the suspect waiting for a car to leave a specific part of the garage so that he can bypass the security gate:

Edgehill is a quaint neighborhood, and it's a popular walking district close to Music Row, Vanderbilt, and Belmont University. It's easy in a nice place like this, to forget that crime still exists.

On Thursday evening around 11p.m., a man was lurking by the parking garage entrance at the Note16 Apartments for over an hour. As a car came in, he hid behind a concrete beam.

A 22-year-old resident drove into the gated deck and he went with her into the elevator.

Metro police said he held his hand over the victim's mouth, so she couldn't scream, and he repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

After the attack, the rapist took the woman's wallet and keys and left in her car, he ditched it minutes away at the Edgehill Library next to a public housing complex.

He was last seen near Horton Avenue and 12th Avenue South. Since the incident, the Note16 apartments has increased security.

"Definitely in the past was maybe a little more sketchy, but now it's a good neighborhood, we're out here walking, lot of people walking their dogs, riding bikes enjoying the weather."

Most residents and people we talked to didn't want to be identified. They're worried because the rapist is still on the run.

"I think gated communities all over the place can provide some sort of security but eventually you can jump over walls, get through gates, just like a door, it's not a big deal."

According to police, the victim was chosen randomly. Detectives believe the suspect was looking for someone he could overpower.

If you recognize the man in the photo above, please contact police at 615-742-7463.

A reward is being offered to anyone whose information can lead to the man's arrest.