Columbia Police Investigate Sunday Morning Sexual Assault
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault that occurred Sunday morning.
Columbia Police said at 7:12 a.m., officers dispatched to a local hospital to contact a 23-year-old female victim. The victim had been walking alone in the 4100 block of Lenoir Street when a male came up behind her and held a knife to her throat. The male suspect attempted to sexually assaut the female, but she was able to fight back.
A passing car stopped to interrupt the suspect. The suspect left running on foot. The suspect was last seen running into a wooded area on the west side of Highway 63, south of Nifong Blvd.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6 foot to 6-foot-1, slim athletic build, wearing a ski mask, glasses, black sweater vest, gray t-shirt, and khaki cargo pants.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Columbia Police Department, 573-442-6131, or Crime Stoppers, 573-875-8477, to remain anonymous.