Crime

March 20, 2014

Public’s help sought in solving recent sexual assaults in Columbia

Columbia police released artist sketches of two suspects sought in connection to two recent sexual assaults.

Columbia police released artist sketches of two suspects sought in connection to two recent sexual assaults.

In both cases, the victim was at home when the suspect broke in and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The first incident occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday March 15 on South Saluda Avenue. The second incident occurred around 6 a.m. Monday March 17 on North Beltline Boulevard. The victim on North Beltline Boulevard told investigators that she was threatened with a gun.

There is no indication that these attacks were related, acting police chief Melron Kelly said.

The suspect involved in the attack near Five Points was described by his victim as a dark-skinned black male possibly in his 20s, with dark curly hair , standing 5-feet -7 and 5-feet-10 inches tall and weighing between 150-170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a hoodie.

The suspect involved in the second attack was described by his victim as a dark-skinned black male, last seen wearing a ‘doo-rag’. He was estimated between 20 and 30-years-old, standing between 5-feet-1inch and 5-feet-6 inches tall and weighing between 140 and 170 pounds.

The Columbia Police Department urges anyone with information about the cases to call 9-1-1 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

You can see the CPD sketches at the Columbia Police Department’s Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ColumbiaPDSC

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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