Georgia teenager, 17, who was raped at knifepoint, rescued after sharing location via tracking app
WARNING: This article contains details of incidents of sexual assault that some readers may find traumatic. Discretion is advised
COWETA COUNTY, GEORGIA: A tracking app came to the rescue of a teenage girl who was allegedly raped and kidnapped in the first week of September. The 17-year-old girl used a tracking app on her smartphone to reveal her location in Georgia. She was offered a ride to meet her boyfriend in Pennsylvania by Dalton Ramsey whom she met online.
Ramsey, 28,allegedly detoured to BT Brown Reservoir in Coweta County, Georgia, instead of taking her to the expected location. The incident took place on September 5 when he allegedly bound the girl's hands with tape before raping her whilst holding a knife to her throat, as reported by the Times Herald. The suspect later allowed the victim to use her phone. She then quickly alerted the authorities of her location with the help of an app called Noonlight while also sharing the location with her boyfriend.
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According to Fox 5, the teenager’s boyfriend searched for BT Brown Reservoir online. He found an image of a sign warning people that an alligator had been sighted in the area before sending it to the victim. The girl, according to the cops, confirmed that she had seen the sign outside the park. Ramsey, on CCTV footage, was seen puling up in a grey sedan outside the park later driving the girl along the highway.
Coweta County Sheriff’s Investigator Toby Nix, according to Fox 5 Atlanta, said, “Somewhere along there, their ride to Pennsylvania, they pulled off in Coweta County, and he rapes her at knife point, and we were able to confirm the incident happened inside Coweta County,"
According to The Daily Mail, the user of the app has to type in a passcode, or else the app tries to contact the user if the details are not sent after opening the app. The victim, in this case, managed to respond in time writing the word “rape” while also describing Ramsey's car. Thanks to the detail, authorities were able to quickly track down the victim and the suspect.
The publication shared that the cops nearby Habersham County pulled over Ramsey's car and rescued the teenager before arresting the suspect at around 5.20 am on September 6. He has been charged with counts of rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a weapon, and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.