Update: Woman tells CPD she was sexually assaulted in Erlanger Parking Garage, two suspects wanted
Chattanooga Police are searching for two suspects wanted in connection with a sexual assault that happened Friday afternoon.
Friday, October 31st 2014, 9:09 PM EDT by
Monday, November 3rd 2014, 6:16 PM EST
A woman claims she was sexually assaulted by two men in an Erlanger parking garage. The alleged assault happened just before 6 p.m. Friday evening.
The victim was able to give a brief description of the suspects, but so far no arrests have been made.
People coming and going from Erlanger Hospital on Monday are concerned and wonder what more can be done to keep this from happening again.
"I'm definitely not coming alone," said Toshua Townsend, "It's too sketchy I'm not going to be here alone at all."
Townsend just left Erlanger Hospital with news that she's pregnant.
She said she's now even more concerned about her safety and the safety of her baby.
"No matter what time of day it is, something can always happen to you, especially if you're alone and a woman."
A woman tells police it was just before 6 p.m. when the sexual assault happened in the parking garage at Erlanger.
People visiting the hospital are wondering if there is enough security to keep them safe.
"It doesn't have any security around there," said Pamela Zachery, "You know they need to have more security in their parking garage, walking around making sure everybody is safe."
Chattanooga police are investigating the case. Sgt. William Atwell said an attack at a parking garage is not common for this city.
"Park in well-lit areas, park close to exits, have people aware of where you are at all times, have somebody with you," Sgt. Atwell said, "It may seem like it's common sense, but a lot of people just don't realize that these things could help prevent an attack."
Sgt. Atwell teaches a women's self defense classes to city employees called rape, aggression, defense systems (R.A.D.).
"A lot of times we get that they're just a lot more confident in their abilities to defend themselves," said Sgt. Atwell, "A lot of women don't realize just how strong they actually are and that they are able to defend themselves."
Chattanooga Police are searching for two suspects wanted in connection with a sexual assault.
The incident happened around 5:50 p.m. Friday in the parking garage at Erlanger.
Police say the female victim was attacked by two men. The first is described as a black male in his mid 20s to 30s with a larger build and dark complexion. The other suspect is described as a black male with a skinny build.
If you have any information about this please call the Chattanooga Police.
Chattanooga Police suggests the following safety precautions for parking garages:
1. When entering the garage, look where the exits and well-lit areas are. If possible, park close to an exit, or in a well-lit area.
2. If you notice anyone suspicious, tell somebody. This person may leave you alone, but could attack someone else.
3. When returning to your vehicle have your keys in your hand to avoid having to look for them.
4. Walk up straight and confident - do not let anyone make you nervous.
5. Scan the area around your car - be alert and aware of your surroundings.
6. And last but not least: trust your instincts. If you do not trust something or do not feel comfortable, turn around and ask a security guard to walk you to your car.