Atlanta man gets life sentence for rape after victim recognizes him at train station six years later
Antonio White, 54, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he was convicted of rape. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)
An Atlanta man was sentenced to life in prison Friday after he was convicted of raping a woman – who reportedly recognized him during a chance sighting at a train station six years after the assault.
Antonio White, 54, was waiting for a train at a MARTA subway station in Atlanta in October 2013 when he was spotted by his victim.
“She was overcome by the moment and began to yell out that he was the man who had raped her six years earlier,” the Fulton County district attorney’s office said in a statement, adding it was the first time the woman had seen White since the attack.
In August 2007, White spotted the unidentified victim walking to a MARTA subway station in Atlanta and offered to give her a ride. The woman accepted because she recognized him from the neighborhood where she previously lived, the district attorney’s office said.
But instead of driving her to her destination, White took her to an abandoned house, prosecutors said. She attempted to run away, but White chased her with a gun and managed to pull her back inside the car, where he raped her, the district attorney’s office said.
During the assault, prosecutors said White threatened the victim: “Shut up that screaming [expletive] or I’ll kill you.”
The victim did not report the crime to the police and did not know the name of the man who raped her, the district attorney’s office said. She did, however, tell her friends and family about the assault.
After the victim identified White at the subway station, MARTA police arrested him and turned him over to the Atlanta Police Department, WAGA-TV reported.
During the investigation, police learned White had sexually assaulted multiple other women between 1983 and 2008, prosecutors said. He also had prior convictions for rape and robbery and had pleaded guilty to sexual battery in the past.