Defendant committed the (12) rapes and sexual assaults between 2002 and 2005

Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the RAPE conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 56-year-old DANDRE SHABAZZ.

Between January 24, 2002, and March 26, 2005, Dandre Shabazz committed the crimes of Rape, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Sodomy, and Aggravated Child Molestation in numerous incidents involving (12) twelve female victims.

  • January 24, 2002: (1) victim—1109 Windsor Street
  • April 10, 2002: (1) victim—1256 Sylvan Road
  • June 17, 2002: (1) victim—Perkerson Park  
  • August 21, 2002: (2) victims—Perkerson Park
  • August 24, 2002: (1) victim—Perkerson Park
  • December 21, 2002: (1) victim—3481 Atlanta Industrial Park
  • March 28, 2003: (1) victim—Perkerson Park  
  • March 31, 2004: (1) victim—1182 Sims Street
  • May 21, 2004: (2) victims—1189 McDaniel Street
  • March 26, 2005: (1) victim—958 Arthur Street

Shabazz is a violent serial rapist who targeted young African-American females who were alone late at night. Shabazz specifically focused upon women who were struggling and in many cases were sex workers. During the attacks, Shabazz utilized a gun and did not wear a condom. Some of the sexual assault kits from Shabazz’s victims were stored at Grady Memorial Hospital. They were part of the group of 1,500 backlogged kits that went untested for, in some cases, as many as 15 years until federal grant funding and a new Georgia law required that they be examined. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office played a significant role in recovering and transporting the kits to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for testing.

On April 23, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation notified the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office of a Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) match between Shabazz and a sexual assault kit collected in 2003. Shabazz was later matched to the kits collected from the remaining victims in this case. Shabazz was indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury on June 22, 2018. Shabazz was serving a prison sentence in North Carolina for Robbery and other related charges and was expected to be released in September 2019, without this indictment.

SHABAZZ was convicted of RAPE, KIDNAPPING, ARMED ROBBERY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, AGGRAVATED SODOMY, and AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION.

SHABAZZ will be sentenced
at a later date to be determined by the Court.

This case was prosecuted by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Task Force. The unit was formed in March 2018, as a result of a $1 million United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office was one of only five District Attorney’s Offices nationwide to receive the significant award. The task force is dedicated to exclusively investigating and indicting cases resulting from CODIS matches. The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Task Force is currently comprised of a Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney, a Senior Investigator, and a Senior Victim-Witness Advocate.

“This man was a violent and ruthless serial rapist. Because rape kits were not tested in a timely manner, he was allowed, not only to continue to prey upon the women of our community, but he almost got away with his brutal crimes, scot-free. I am thankful to all of the people who worked so hard to get these rape kits tested. The criminal justice system should never allow rape kits to go untested again.”

Paul L. Howard, Jr.
Fulton County District Attorney

Senior Judge Alford J. Dempsey, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Julianna Peterson, from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Task Force, led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Deputy District Attorney Amy Ferguson, Assistant District Attorney Kelcee Jones-Connor, Assistant District Attorney La’Porscha Smalls, Investigators James Spear and Erica Wimberly, and Senior Victim-Witness Advocate Millicent Taylor of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. The Atlanta Police Department was the lead investigative agency in the case.