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Savannah man charged in 2018 Georgia Southern rape
Tyler Richards
Tyler Richards

Georgia Southern University police arrested a Savannah man Monday, charging him in a rape which reportedly took place a year earlier.

Tyler Christian Richards, of Cat Boat Place, Savannah, is being held without bond at the Bulloch County Jail on rape charges, according to jail records.

GSU police reports requested by the Statesboro Herald stated the incident took place Oct. 21, 2018, and was first reported when a patrolling GSU officer was flagged down afterward by the female on the GSU campus in parking Lot F on Knight Drive.

According to reports, the officer said the female victim “appeared intoxicated” but “did not smell heavily of alcohol.” She was frightened, did not know where she was or how she got there, and told the officer she “thought she had been raped.”

She asked the officer for a ride home, and recalled “flirting” with the suspect at a bar. She said she had ben to Dingus Magees and Shenanigans, and had been brought to Southern Courtyard later that night. She told the officer she did not know how she got there.

The officer offered to take her to The Teal House, a rape and sexual assault counseling center in Statesboro.  He described the victim as appearing “glassy eyed and tired.” Once they arrived at the Teal House, nurses assisted the victim with a rape kit, blood and other testing and medical attention for scratches on her back and other conditions believed to have been caused by the assault, reports stated.

The victim gave a partial name of the suspect, and through further investigation, the suspect was identified, according to reports. GSU officers then entered the suspect’s name into the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) database as being wanted for rape.

Richards was located and arrested Monday.

Two other rapes were reported to GSU police this week. According to Jennifer Wise, GSU public relations director, two separate rape cases that allegedly occurred in 2017 were reported over the weekend and Monday. GSU media releases listed the alleged assaults as taking place at Southern Pines and Southern Courtyard, but actual incident reports for these cases, requested Monday and Tuesday by the Statesboro Herald via Freedom of Information Act requests, were not received.

Wise said Friday the victim in one case decided against pressing charges and the other case is being reviewed.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912-489-9414.

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