Man facing charges after sexual assault at Berwick grocery store

ByWTOC Staff|April 28, 2021 at 5:14 AM EDT - Updated April 28 at 12:51 PM

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Chatham County Police Department has arrested a suspect after a woman was reportedly attacked and sexually assaulted inside a Berwick grocery store on Tuesday, April 27.

Gregory Hathorne (Source: Chatham County Police Department)

Gregory Hathorne, 25, has been charged with felony rape, felony kidnapping and misdemeanor battery.

Chatham County officers were called to the Kroger grocery store located on Ogeechee Road in the Berwick area at approximately 6:30 p.m. to respond to a sexual assault.

The victim, an adult female, told police she was attacked and sexually assaulted by a stranger in the Kroger restroom.

According to police, witnesses told police they heard the woman and several people in the store chased the suspect as he attempted to run from the scene. The suspect was restrained by people in the shopping plaza until police arrived.

The victim was transported to the hospital and is receiving services from the Rape Crisis Center.

A statement from the Kroger corporation is below:

“The safety and security of our customers and associates are our top priority. We would like the thank the Chatham County Police Department for their quick response. We are working with CCPD as they move forward with their investigation.”

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