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Former Rockdale QB arrested for sexual assault
Zacharie Zamir Powell

Less than a year after leading Rockdale High on the football field, 17-year old Zacharie Zamir Powell has been arrested on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping and possession of other weapon. Powell, who was RCHS's 2011 starting quarterback, was arrested as part of two incidents in DeKalb County.

According to DeKalb County police reports, on Aug. 12 around 12:34 a.m. an off-duty DeKalb County Police officer working at the Oak Forest Apartments heard someone yell "Police, Police." The victim then approached a security guard and a witness and told them that a male, described as a black male, with a short haircut, wearing grey tank top, black shorts and possible black shoes, attempted to grab her and that he had a gun.

The victim told officers that the suspect passed her by as she was walking southbound on Glendale Road, and then turned to follow her. He approached her and stated, "Walk with me."

According to reports the suspect showed the victim a black handgun that was in his shorts.

As the victim continued to walk on Glendale Road she then yelled out causing the off-duty officer to hear her. She told police that she saw a dark four-door vehicle with a "kind of clicking noise" leave the area shortly after the incident.

According to reports, around two hours after the alleged incident a vehicle matching the description came back into the apartment complex.

A DeKalb County police lieutenant approached the vehicle and asked where the gun was. According to reports, Powell then responded, "It's not on me, it's under the seat," and said it was a BB gun. The weapon was later identified as a Daisy Powerline 201 pellet gun.

After officers relayed the information of Powell being in custody a rape call went out on Forest Glen Circle, and the suspect's description fit Powell "perfectly," according to reports.

That incident occurred in the Avondale Estates area, where that victim said she was approached by the man with a weapon who demanded she come behind a building.

According to DeKalb Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish, the victim was then sexually assaulted by a man, believed to be Powell.

Powell then allegedly drove the victim home before providing her with his name and telephone number.

After the victim was left by Powell, she called 911, who then put in the rape call, which eventually led to the former Rockdale quarterback's arrest.

Powell is not enrolled as a student at Rockdale County Public Schools this year, according to RCPS spokesperson Cindy Ball.