Columbia man arrested in connection with attempted sexual assault

Friday, November 8, 2013 | 11:48 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Jimmie Pope, 45, was arrested Thursday in connection with an attempted sexual assault in southeast Columbia.

At 1 p.m., Boone County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of two women screaming and running from a home in the 4000 block of Santa Anna Drive. 

The deputies were told that a man had lured a woman into his house and assaulted her, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department media release. The victim and the suspect knew each other.

The woman told the officers that the man had physically assaulted her. He attempted to sexually assault her, but she said she fought back and was able to prevent it. 

A woman who lived there returned home during the incident and heard cries for help. She went to investigate the screams, interrupting the assault and allowing the victim to escape. 

The scene was observed by a neighbor who then called 911. 

When sheriff's deputies arrived, the suspect had fled. A few hours later he turned himself in. 

Pope was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, felonious restraint, second-degree property damage and attempted forcible sodomy.

Bond was set at $9,000 for the assault and restraint charges plus $500 for the property damage. The bond for the sodomy charge will be set later.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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