Columbia police investigate sexual assault

Columbia police investigate sexual assault

Security officer thwarts rape of woman, 62, outside Columbia apartment building

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Columbia Police are hoping the community can help them identify and locate a man wanted in connection to a sexual assault that happened last weekend at an apartment building.

A security officer on the scene told the officers that he heard a female in distress while he was walking nearby. When he went to investigate, he reportedly found a partially dressed woman being choked by a man.

Man sought after choking woman, breaking her nose during sexual assault, police say

The security officer attempted to intervene and help the victim, but the suspect ran away. EMS was called to the scene. The victim reportedly suffered multiple injuries including a broken nose and swollen eyes. She was treated and released from a local hospital.

The suspect is described as a black male possibly between 45-50 years-old, approximately 60 tall and possibly weighing 200 pounds, CPD said in a release on Thursday. He was reportedly last seen wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, with a white and blue knit cap with orange and red trim with gray shoes.

Anyone with any information about the suspect or the incident is urged to contact Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or visiting www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and emailing a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 62-year-old woman outside a Columbia apartment building.

The attack happened around 1 a.m. Sunday, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

A security officer on foot patrol at an apartment building on Elmwood Avenue told police he heard what sounded like a female struggling near the bushes by the Park Street entrance of the building, according to a police incident report.

The security officer approached the bushes and found the victim partially dressed and a man choking her from behind, police said in the report. The attacker was trying to pull his pants down when the security officer approached them.

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When the officer shouted at the man to get off of the victim, he ran away toward Elmwood Avenue, the report states.

The incident report indicates that a lethal cutting instrument was involved in the attack, but police did not specify the kind of weapon, or if and how it was used.

EMS responded and rendered aid to the victim, who had multiple injuries including a broken nose and swollen eyes, according to the release. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.

The suspect is described as a black male between 45 and 50 years old, according to the release. Hes about 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, a white and blue knit cap with orange and red trim and gray shoes.

Anyone with information on the suspect or the crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, or log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the Submit a tip tab. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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