Sexual assault at Paquin Tower spurs police search

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 3:09 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia police were searching for a suspect in a sexual assault that occurred Sunday night at Paquin Tower.

The incident was reported at 3:29 p.m. Monday, and an officer was dispatched to University Hospital where the victim of the crime had gone for treatment. The victim, a 33-year-old woman, told police the suspect is an acquaintance she had met socially, Officer Jessie Haden said.

The woman told police that at about 7 p.m. Sunday the suspect invited her to his apartment. After going to his apartment, the victim passed out and woke up the next morning at 10 o'clock. She told police she believed she was drugged and sexually assaulted.

There was no additional verbal or physical assault, Haden said.

The case is being investigated. The suspect was described as a 5-foot-7-inch to 5-foot-8-inch black man with a thin build, possibly in his 40s.

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