Police investigate report of rape downtown Saturday morning

Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 10:59 a.m. CDT; updated 3:35 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 6, 2014

COLUMBIA — Police are investigating the reported rape of a 21-year-old woman early Saturday morning as she entered her car.

A Columbia Police officer was dispatched to University Hospital at 1:57 p.m. for a rape investigation.

The victim reported she had left a bar on East Broadway near Hitt Street at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Joe Bernhard said in a news release Sunday morning. The woman told police she walked alone to a parking garage at Tenth and Cherry streets where she was forced into her car and sexually assaulted by a male suspect, according to the release.

The victim reported she was able to escape after a few minutes, and the man left in an unknown direction.

Bernhard said the victim described the suspect as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with short, dark blonde or brown hair and thick eyebrows and wearing jeans and a long sleeve button-up shirt.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 or the Columbia Police Department at 442-6131.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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