Woman assaulted during overnight burglary at The Cottages

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 4:24 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A woman was punched in the face during an early-morning burglary at The Cottages.

A little before 3 a.m., a man walked into the victim's bedroom in her apartment in the 2400 block of Nifong Boulevard. The man shined a flashlight in her face and left the room, according to a Columbia Police Department release.

When the woman opened her bedroom door to find out what was going on, the man punched her in the face. The man then ran out the apartment through the front door.

When police arrived, they attempted to use canines to track the man but were not able to locate him.

Nothing was reported stolen from the apartment, and the victim received only minor injuries. The victim's roommate was also in the apartment during the burglary, but she did not hear or see the suspect, Columbia Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

The suspect was identified as a college-aged man who is about 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a dark shirt and cargo pants, according to the release.

The Cottages are located between Nifong Boulevard and Bearfield Road and west of U.S. 63. 

Anyone with information about the crime, can call the Police Department at 874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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