Columbia police need the public’s help in finding a man they say sexually assaulted a woman in Five Points.
The suspect is described as a black male, possibly between 20 and 30 years old, with a short afro hairstyle and close cut goatee, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release Thursday evening. He was last seen wearing what appears to be a dark Power Rangers T-shirt, gray shorts, dark socks and light-colored shoes.
The female victim told investigators the man forced her to a secluded area at the 700 block of Saluda Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday and sexually assaulted her, the release states.
The attacker hit the woman several times, leaving her with facial injuries, police said.
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Anyone with information about the crime or the man’s identity is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.