July 24, 2013

Man wanted for rape in custody

From Staff Reports

— A man wanted for rape and several other sexual crimes is in custody after the Dalton Police Department received multiple phone tips regarding his location, officials said.

Lawrence Edward “Larry” Womac was taken into custody without incident "a short while ago" at a home off of Westside Circle near Rocky Face, the department's spokesman said, adding, "Thanks to everyone who called in with tips about his location." An agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted in taking Womac into custody.

The department had asked for information from the public on the location of the 57-year-old Womac, who was wanted on warrants for rape, aggravated assault, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, cruelty to children in the first degree, sexual battery against a child under 16 and aggravated child molestation.

According to police, shortly after midnight on Friday, Womac invited two juvenile girls into his room at the Guest Inn hotel at 2220 Chattanooga Road. The girls were guests at the hotel staying in a different room. While in the room, Womac allegedly raped one of the girls and sexually assaulted the other. Both fled the room.