Columbia police search for suspect wanted on felony warrants

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 11:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Police were searching for a man wanted on two felony warrants.

A Columbia police officer patrolling the area of Fir Place near Interstate 70 on Thursday afternoon recognized the man and pursued him, said Sgt. Jill Schlude, spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department.

Officers set up a perimeter and searched for the suspect in a nearby wooded area and construction site, but were unable to locate him.

The man is believed to be armed and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts. He was wearing his hair in the style of short braids close to his head, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. 

Rashad Washington was wanted by the police and was issued two felony warrants for parole violation and cocaine sales.

The police have asked anyone with information that could lead to the suspect's arrest to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-8477 or access their website,

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Nathan Whitaker September 21, 2012 | 6:12 a.m.

Honestly, what's the point of this story without a picture of the wanted suspect?
The Tribune has a picture of the wanted suspect. They even posted his name (Rashad Washington). I am aware of the Missourian's policy against listing race in descriptions of unknown suspects without a mugshot, but this is different. The Missourian also neglected to mention that the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
There is a time for political correctness, and there is a time to be honest and forthcoming in matters of public safety. When there is a known suspect on the loose who is armed and dangerous, it should be obvious that it's the latter. I find it unsettling that The Missourian does not appear to recognize this.

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