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The McDonough Police Department is asking for help to identify a sexual assault suspect. Law enforcement announced Tuesday a $7,500 reward for the apprehension and conviction of the suspect.

McDONOUGH — A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person suspected of sexually assaulting an elderly woman earlier this month has been increased to $10,000.

The reward, announced at a joint press conference Tuesday morning, was initially set at $7,500, which was comprised of $5,000 from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and $2,500.00 from McDonough City Administrator Preston Dorsey and his wife Lynette Dorsey.

“Neither I, Mr. (Preston) Dorsey or these Henry County chiefs of police will tolerate this person violating the sanctity and privacy of any resident in the city of McDonough or Henry County as a whole,” said Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett.

The assault happened at the Heritage at McDonough Senior Living Complex on Feb. 5. In a video released by the McDonough Police Department, the male suspect is seen going door to door at the complex looking for an unlocked apartment.

When he found one, the suspected entered the home, assaulted the female, then “casually walked out of the apartment,” police said.

Gathered to make the announcement Tuesday were Scandrett, Dorsey, McDonough Police Chief Ken Noble, Henry County Police Chief Mark Amerman and Shaquille O’Neal, Community Relations director for the Sheriff’s Office.

Scandrett called the assault a “sick crime.”

“As far as I’m concerned this (suspect) is Henry County’s most wanted,” he said.

The suspect was wearing all black and a Nike fanny-pack style bag.

“The increase in reward amount not only demonstrates the seriousness of this crime but emphasizes the sense of urgency expressed by law enforcement officials and those in the community to get this individual off the streets of Henry County,” said Scandrett.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to call the McDonough Police Department at 770-957-1218 or Crime Stoppers at 404-557-TIPS.

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