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Couple helps chase down accused rapist in Savannah


The owner of Scents for Cents, Tammie Wiruth, and her husband Anthony helped chase down Alfred Colquitt on Thursday.

Police say Colquitt brutally attacked an elderly woman on Monday in her downtown Savannah business and then raped a woman on Wednesday on Savannah's Southside.

Wiruth knows the woman that was attacked.

"It drove me crazy because I felt bad because she has always depended on me. We would watch over her and I was not here that day. I have not slept sense," said Wiruth.

Wiruth and the other business owners on Congress St. had been on the lookout for Colquitt all week.

"I'm going after him and I am going to get him. I am going to make sure he gets what he deservers," said Wiruth.

Thursday afternoon, Wiruth saw Colquitt outside her shop.

"He walked past here, looked in my door and kept going and that was all she wrote. I walked out after him, didn't care about the store. I left and went to go follow him," said Wiruth.

Wiruth and her husband followed him until a police officer stopped Colquitt to question him. However, Colquitt took off running.

"My husband at that point took off running, the officer took off running, and I took off running," said Wiruth.

With the help of some tourists the couple and the police took Colquitt down.

"People have offered me rewards and I do not want them. I am happy to know that I helped catch him. He has gone to jail and he will get what he deserves," said Wiruth.

Officers from Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan's Downtown Precinct arrested Alfred Colquitt, 47, on Thursday afternoon and charged him with rape and aggravated assault stemming from two separate incidents.

He was also charged with several counts of obstruction for resisting arrest. He was denied bond Friday in Chatham County Recorders Court.

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