Police continue search for suspect in assault

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:09 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Columbia police completed a composite sketch Tuesday of the suspect in two burglaries and a sexual assault Saturday at the Valley Creek Subdivision.

In a statement, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said the suspect is believed to be in his early 20s or late teens. Authorities believe he was wearing a light-colored, horizontal-striped pullover knit shirt, khaki shorts and sandals, the statement said.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday, the lone male suspect entered a duplex in the north part of the Valley Creek subdivision through an unlocked rear door, the sheriff’s department said. Police said the suspect burglarized two duplexes and sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman, who escaped to a neighbor’s residence where emergency personnel were called. The suspect escaped before the sheriff’s department officers arrived, the statement said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Detective Unit at 875-1111 or CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS.

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