Two men were arrested in Springfield at 5:40 this morning in connection with the reported rape of an 18-year-old Columbia woman.
Investigators learned through a temporary labor agency that Joel S. Gittings, 36, and Roy “Kevin” Evans, 44, were in Springfield. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department notified Springfield police, who made the arrests when the two returned to the labor agency’s office.
Police said the woman and three friends were camping Sunday and Monday at Rocky Fork Lake, near Finger Lakes State Park, when two men came over from their campsite and the two groups began to interact. Between 4 and 7 p.m. a woman and one man traveled to a store in Columbia and while return-ing to the lake, the woman was threatened with a knife, attacked and sexu-ally assaulted, according to police reports.
Sgt. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said police are still trying to pinpoint the location of the assault.
Police said the woman was again attacked and sexually assaulted after re-turning to the campsite. According to Reddin, the woman’s companions were unaware that either of the attacks took place.
After interviews with the woman and her friends, Reddin said, detectives were able to identify the two men. Both men are familiar with Boone County and have lived in the area, Reddin said.