A woman said she was sexually assaulted at Rose Park in Nashville.
Shelly Dalton has been arrested in connection to the incident.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Neighbors say they will be watching their children more closely after a woman was allegedly raped in Rose Park early Wednesday morning.
Lisa Marzen lives across the street from where it happened.
"I was afraid because I have two young girls. You know, it's scary that they can't walk around or be in their own neighborhood," she said.
A young woman told police she was walking home when she met 33-year-old Shelly Dalton, who offered to give her a ride. The woman told police he walked her to the park instead, motioned he had a gun and sexually assaulted her.
The woman said Dalton threatened to kill her when she told him no.
Dalton was found about a half mile away near 12th and Summit.
Chelsea and Ashley Roland are summer lifeguards at the park. They say they're concerned for their safety.
"We kind of have to take precaution now and kind of stay grounded and watch our surroundings, most definitely now," said Ashley Roland.
Dalton admitted to police that he sexually assaulted the woman after putting his hand in his shirt indicating he had a gun.
Marzen says this is the second crime in recent weeks. She says she just wants her family to be careful.
"We have been on the girls not to walk around by themselves or at least have one of their brothers or have someone older with them, period," Marzen said.
Dalton has a lengthy criminal history dating back to the late 90s. Davidson County court records show he has been found guilty 105 times of crimes, including aggravated burglary, criminal impersonation, evading arrest and dozens of drug possession and criminal trespassing charges.
He is now being charged with rape after admitting to police he assaulted the woman. He told them he knew it was wrong.
Police say they have not found the gun allegedly used in the attack. Dalton is also charged with drug possession and is being held on a $102,000 bond.
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