COLUMBIA — Police are investigating a burglary from early Saturday similar to a Thursday incident on Bicknell Street.
Columbia police officers responded to a reported burglary in the 1300 block of Anthony Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday. A 19-year-old female victim reported that she was awakened by the suspect in her room. The suspect attempted to sexually assault her, but she was able to scare him away, Police Sgt. Joseph Bernhard said. The suspect entered through an unlocked door.
The victim was not injured, and nothing was stolen. The suspect left on foot in an unknown direction, Bernhard said.
The suspect, who has not been located, is described as a white male, 6'0", thin build, early 20s and wearing dark clothing, Bernhard said.
While Bernhard said the suspect description is similar to a Bicknell Street burglary from Thursday, it is unknown if this is the same suspect from that incident.
The police would like to remind citizens to report suspicious persons and to lock and secure residences before they go to bed, Bernhard said.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department non-emergency number, 442-6131, or Crime Stoppers, 875-TIPS, to remain anonymous.