Surveillance video captures man accused of beating, sexually assaulting woman


Columbia Police have released surveillance images and video of a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman with the hopes that the public can help identify him.

The suspect is described as a black man, possibly between 20-30 years-old with a short afro hairstyle and close cut goatee. Investigators say he was last seen wearing what appears to be a dark “Power-Rangers” T-shirt with gray shorts, dark socks, and light-colored shoes.

The female victim told CPD that at about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday the man forced her into a secluded area on the 700 block of Saluda Avenue before sexually assaulting her. She had to receive medical treatment because the suspect hit her several times in the face causing facial injuries.

Anyone who may recognize the suspect is urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

PHONE: Call 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372)

TEXT: TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637)

ONLINE: and email a tip.

Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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