Man arrested in connection with first-degree burglary and sexual abuse

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | 5:42 p.m. CDT; updated 7:34 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 31, 2013

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an incident in which a woman reported a man had broken into her house on Vandiver Drive and sexually abused her.

Musab Abdalla Mohamed, 27, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, felonious restraint and sexual abuse.

According to the probable cause statement, the suspect forced his way into the house  early Tuesday and attempted to sexually assault a woman. Two other people were in the house, but the statement doesn't explain where they were at the time.

The suspect forced his way into the residence, pulled the victim's hair and pushed her into a bedroom, according to the statement. She screamed, and he pinned her against the wall with his forearm and then tried to undress and sexually abuse her, according to the statement.

The victim told police she was able to escape after pretending to be sorry for screaming, and when the suspect loosened his grip, she ran out of the house. Two acquaintances were waiting to pick her up to go somewhere, and one of the acquaintances ran into the house and pushed the suspect out the front door.

Mohamed was arrested Tuesday, and his bail was set at $9,500.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed

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