Rape victim runs into assaulter at train station 6 years after horrifying incident, cops unveil shocking spree
Antonio White had raped the unnamed victim in 2007 after giving her a ride and, in 2013, his victim recognized him during a chance encounter at a train station
An Atlanta man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday after he was convicted by a court of raping a woman who reported him to the authorities after running into and recognizing him at a train station six years after the assault took place.
54-year-old Antonio White was spotted by the unnamed victim waiting for a train at a MARTA subway station in Atlanta in October 2013. In a statement, the office of the Fulton County District Attorney wrote, "While she waited for the train that day, the victim just so happened to spot her attacker for the first time since he sexually assaulted her in 2007."
"She was overcome by the moment and began to yell out that he was the man who had raped her six years earlier. Hearing her cries for help, MARTA police arrested White and turned him over to Atlanta police."
The rape happened on the night of August 12, 2007 while the victim was walking to the Hamilton E Holmes MARTA station in Atlanta. White reportedly drove up to her in his grey Chevrolet Lumina and asked if she wanted a ride, to which she responded in the affirmative because she knew him from the Carver Homes neighborhood in southeast Atlanta where they both previously lived.
However, instead of driving her home, White took her to an abandoned house in Bowen Avenue. The victim was trapped in the car because the door handle and button to control the window were missing. She tried to escape when he eventually tried to get her out of the car. However, he chased her with a gun and pulled her back into the car at gunpoint. He then raped her inside the vehicle. While assaulting her, he supposedly warned her, "Shut up that screaming, (expletive), or I'll kill you."
While the rape was said to be common knowledge amongst family, friends, and neighbors, she never officially reported the crime to the police because she did not know White's real name. Her chance encounter with her assailant in 2013 would finally provide her with the opportunity to exact justice.
Following White's arrest in 2013, detectives learned that the 54-year-old had previously also sexually assaulted several other women in the Carver Homes/Lakewood area between 1983 and 2008. During his trial, the prosecutors went on to provide evidence of four previous sexual assaults, revealing that he would approach the women on foot and then assault his victims in a wooded area.
White also had a prior record that included convictions for rape, robbery, and sexual battery, with the trial ending with the 54-year-old sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.