Columbia Police Department investigators are looking for a suspect they say grabbed a woman and attempted to sexually assault her near the University of South Carolina campus Sunday afternoon.
The woman, who was walking in the 1300 block of Pickens Street near Lady Street around 1:45 p.m., was approached by a man who forced her into a nearby area where he tried to sexually assault her, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a statement released Sunday.
A witness who heard the woman screaming ran to help, Holbrook said. The suspect then fled the scene.
A K-9 team was dispatched to search for the suspect who was seen running several blocks away from campus, according to a crime bulletin posted on the university’s website Sunday.
The suspect is described as a black man, possibly between 20 to 30 years of age, five feet 9 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a black shirt, black pants and tennis shoes.
A sketch designed by a SLED forensic artist has been released by investigators with the police department’s Special Victims Unit.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
The department is continuing to investigate.