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Man, 26, arrested in Five Points sexual assault

Police video of sexual assault suspect

Columbia police are looking for the man in this video in connection with a sexual assault in Five Points.
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Columbia police are looking for the man in this video in connection with a sexual assault in Five Points.

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.

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.

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