Columbia police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint after offering her a ride for safety.
The victim tells police about 5 o'clock Saturday morning, August 17th, she was walking in the 5900 block of Main Street when the man drove up and kept asking her to get in his car.
He told the woman he wanted to protect her, and she declined the ride several times at first, but then agreed to get in.
But the man drove to the 4800 block of Muir Street, where he allegedly held a gun to the woman's head and forced her perform sexual acts on him.
Police say she later managed to escape by saying she was about to get sick. When the man pulled the car over, she fled and hid until he drove off.
The victim describes her assailant as a black male between 40 and 50 years old, having an oval-shaped face and a bald head, ears that “stick out,” and some kind of scarring on his cheeks.
Several top teeth had gold crowns.
The man was driving a newer model red sedan.
A composite sketch of the suspect has been released by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
(Sketch courtesy of Columbia Police Department/SLED)