Authorities in Georgia have arrested a man on suspicion of rape and false imprisonment following an incident this week invovling a student at the University of Georgia.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 57-year-old James William Daniels is accused of prompting the woman to enter his vehicle early Wednesday morning.
The suspect reportedly has an extensive record and was free on probation or parole at the time of his latest arrest.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Mike Ayers said his rap sheet includes child pornography and violent sexual assault.
After releasing photos from nearby surveillance camera footage, authorities received information leading to the alleged victim’s safe recovery by University of Georgia police officers.
Athens-Clarke County Interim Police Chief Mike Hunsinger said Daniels is accused of coaxing the woman into his sedan at about 12:15 a.m.
Multiple eyewitnesses reported the incident to police and at least one recorded the car’s tag number.
The university released a statement expressing gratitude to those responsible for identifying and finding her.
“We appreciate the quick work of our local law enforcement and will continue to assist with the investigation as needed,” the University of Georgia statement said.
The university went on to encourage “anyone with further information about this case or potentially related incidents” to contact the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.”
Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that Daniels has abducted other victims in the past, potentially involving the Nissan Sentra he was driving prior to his arrest.
Those with tips are urged to contact Detective Michael Poole by calling 706-613-3330 extension 794 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Featured image: James William Daniels, Athens-Clarke County Police Department]