A 17-year-old girl was saved from an alleged rapist by alerting authorities using an app on her smartphone and spotting an alligator warning sign.
The victim met Dalton Ramsey online, according to officials in Coweta County, Georgia. Ramsey allegedly offered to drive the girl to see her boyfriend in Pennsylvania last week. However, Ramsey stopped the car at BT Brown Reservoir Park and reportedly used tape to bind her hands.
“Somewhere on their drive in Pennsylvania, they traveled to Coweta County and he raped her with the knife,” County Sheriff Toby Nix told FOX 5 Atlanta.
Ramsey apparently let the girl use her phone, which she used to contact authorities about their whereabouts.
The victim first told her boyfriend, who Googled an alligator sign used to warn boaters on the reservoir. The girl confirmed that she saw the sign outside the park, which was closed.
The girl then allegedly used the Noonlight app as Ramsey started driving again. He wrote “rape” and described the vehicle. The app tracked her device and notified the authorities.
Ramsey was arrested Sept. 6 in Habersham County and charged with kidnapping. He was extradited to Coweta County to face more charges, including rape, aggravated assault with a weapon, kidnapping and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
The girl was taken back to her family, officials said.
Surveillance footage shows Ramsey’s vehicle outside the park.
The Noonlight app’s website says its mission is to “protect and comfort people so they can live freely.”
“What started as an app focused on helping people walk safely from point A to point B is now a suite of emergency response APIs that support some of the smartest products in the home, health and lifestyle in the IoT market,” the website states.
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