Newnan Police officer stops suspected rapist in woods

by Wes Mayer

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A Newnan man suspected of assaulting and raping a woman was arrested Saturday after a Newnan Police officer found the man in a wooded area pinning the victim down on the ground.

Around 5:30 p.m., Officer Mike Condit responded to the Highland Apartments off East Broad Street to check on an assault. According to Condit, he arrived at the apartments and met with the witness who called police – she pointed Condit to where she saw the suspect drag a woman down a trail and into the woods.

As Condit walked down the trail, he heard a woman say, “No, no, please stop,” and a man say, “Shut up,” and he also heard the sound of branches breaking. He then noticed an area where it looked like someone had been dragged into the woods, so he began walking in that direction.

When he got closer, the voices stopped, but he still found a man wearing a red shirt, later identified as Christopher Joseph Cruver, 45, lying on top of a woman with a hand covering her bleeding mouth. Condit drew his Taser stun gun and commanded Cruver to show his hands, and when Cruver got off the victim, Condit saw Cruver was not wearing underwear, and both Cruver’s and the victim’s pants were pulled down.

Condit moved to detain Cruver, and backup was called – Officer Anthony Grant arrived on scene and the two officers were able to handcuff Cruver. According to Condit, emergency medical units arrived on scene to treat the victim, and officers Edward Lee and Sgt. Patricia Ayers responded as well. The case was turned over to Sgt. Jim Beneke.

Lee spoke to the witness, who told him she saw Cruver and the victim walk down Ball Street, and she saw Cruver hit the victim. The witness also saw Cruver grab the victim by her hair and drag her toward the woods, and he also put the victim in a choke hold at one point, the officer reported. During this time, the victim repeatedly told Cruver no, and the last thing the witness saw was Cruver dragging the victim by her hair into the woods.

Cruver was charged with rape and aggravated assault with hands, feet or fists, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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