Police still looking for Savannah Smiles assault suspect

Police still looking for Savannah Smiles assault suspect

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Police are still looking for the man who can be seen in surveillance video punching a woman in the face in a Savannah bar.

WTOC sat down with the victim, who is now physically recovering after a man violently punched her to the ground over Memorial Day weekend. The attack shattered her jaw and knocked her out. Now, she’s talking for the first time in hopes that it will bring the community closer to finding her attacker.

The Navy veteran tells us she just relocated to Savannah this year. She went along on a publicized bar crawl that ended at Savannah Smiles. According to her, she met the couple involved throughout the night and they told her they were leaving. She says she decided she also wanted to grab her check and go. The next thing she remembers is waking up in a hospital bed. She just spent six weeks with her jaw wired shut, and did not want to show herself on camera.

“That’s the most horrifying thing is, I have no idea why someone would turn and do that," she said. “When they turned to leave, I thought, ‘I’m going to go ahead and get my check and go, too,’ and walking to get my waitress to get my check is the last thing I remember before waking up at the hospital. I just started back going to work part-time. I’m not even going full days yet, so I mean, it stopped my life completely."

Despite attention from police and the media, no arrests have been made.

“I don’t feel safe leaving my home, especially after dusk, and I haven’t for two months, because I don’t know this person and I didn’t see it coming before, and I don’t know if I would see it coming again," she said.

She’s almost fully recovered, but she’s still fighting for her peace of mind. She says her attacker stripped her of her confidence and safety.

“This individual is going to do this to someone else, sooner or later. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to prevent that from happening.”

Police are still looking for the man responsible as well as the woman who was with him. If you have any information, call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 912.525.3124.

Police still looking for Savannah Smiles assault suspect

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