COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested 29-year-old Dwayne Robison on Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree statutory sodomy.
Robison is suspected of having sexually assaulted a 13-year-old male Aug. 24 near Broadway and Hinkson Creek, according to a press release from the Columbia Police Department released Thursday morning.
Officers were sent to University Hospital on Aug. 24 around 10:25 p.m. to investigate a reported sexual assault of a child that evening. According to the release, police found that a black male had approached the victim at 126 N. Tenth Street at the Wabash Bus Station. After riding together on a bus, the suspect and the victim went to a homeless camp, where the victim was taken to a tent and sexually assaulted.
According to the release, officers found evidence of the assault once they located the camp but were unable to find the suspect. Through interviews and surveillance video from a private business on Conley Road, officers were able to identify the suspect.
Officer Latisha Stroer said the victim was a Columbia resident and is now safe with his family. Stroer said prior to the assault, the victim had no previous relationship with the suspect.
After making contact with the Denver Police Department, an officer from the Columbia Police Department also learned Robison had been previously registered as a sex offender in the the state of Nevada.
Police made contact with the Robison on Wednesday at 12:58 a.m. on 1704 S. Providence Street, after which he was taken to a local hospital but had no injuries, according to Columbia police. After being released from the hospital at 2:59 p.m., Robison was arrested on four counts of statutory sodomy.
As of Thursday morning, Robison was being held at the Boone County Jail on $400,000 bond.
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