A 26-year-old man has been arrested and is being held in the county jail in the sexual assault of a woman in Five Points, Columbia police announced Friday.
Darius Nelson is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, police said in a new release.
Nelson was arrested by the Columbia Police Department’s fugitive team. A bond hearing is expected Saturday, spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.
Columbia police announced the arrest on Twitter early Friday morning, but did not disclose Nelson’s identity until just before noon.
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Police disclosed Wednesday’s attack on Thursday and released images of a suspect. Authorities called on the public for help in identifying or locating him.
The suspect was described as a black male, between 20 and 30 years old, with a short afro hairstyle and close cut goatee, police 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 woman who said she was attacked told investigators that 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, police said.
The attacker hit the woman several times, injuring her face, police said.