Charges added against Mexico, Mo., sexual assault suspect

Saturday, April 2, 2011 | 12:33 p.m. CDT; updated 4:22 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 2, 2011

COLUMBIA — An Auxvasse man who was arrested in connection with a sexual assault that occurred Tuesday in Mexico, Mo., was also charged with leaving the scene of two accidents and sexual misconduct in Columbia, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Two female victims reported sexual misconduct on Tuesday at Boone Hospital Center, 1600 E. Broadway. 

One victim said the man touched an employee and made inappropriate sexual statements. A second victim said the man chased her, tried to grab her and made an inappropriate sexual statement, according to the release.

The man was then involved in two accidents shortly after the sexual misconducts occurred, the release said.

A vehicle struck a victim’s car at Broadway and Williams Street and struck another car at Broadway and Providence Road, according to the release. The victim in the second accident saw the suspect leave his vehicle and walk away from the scene.

Police arrested Lorne Beers, 44, on suspicion of two counts of third degree sexual misconduct and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Police located Beers near Broadway and Providence Road.

Beers was taken to University Hospital for treatment before being arrested. His bond was $600 for sexual misconduct and $500 for each count of leaving the scene of an accident.

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